The Straits Times
Published on Oct 27, 2012

US questions Pakistan's Imran Khan on drones


ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistani cricketer turned politician Mr Imran Khan was stopped by United States immigration officials and questioned about his views on American drone strikes in his country, party officials said on Saturday.

Mr Khan, leader of the Pakistan Movement for Justice party, has campaigned vociferously for an end to the controversial US campaign of missile strikes against suspected Taleban and Al-Qaeda militants in Pakistan's tribal areas.

He argues they are illegal and counterproductive and earlier this month he led thousands of supporters - and a group of American peace activists - on a march to the edge of the restive tribal districts to protest against drones.

Mr Khan, who was headed to New York, said he was stopped by US officials in Toronto on Friday. "I was taken off from plane and interrogated by US Immigration in Canada on my views on drones. My stance is known. Drone attacks must stop," he wrote on Twitter.