Pak Singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Deported From Hyderabad Airport
Within moments of landing in Hyderabad on an Emirates flight, Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was denied entry at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) and asked to return to Abu Dhabi, reports Times of India. He had travelled to the city to perform at a New Year eve event at the Taj Falaknuma Palace.
Khan’s deportation was due to a ‘technical flaw’ as Pakistani nationals are allowed entry into India through four airports which are Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai, according to the immigration authorities.
Other reports quoted officials saying the deportation was over a “technical issue with documentation” and that the singer was allowed to return to the country after his organisers sorted it out.
That’s why the singer was asked to return to Abu Dhabi and travel to the city through the valid entry points. If a Pakistani national enters through any other airport, except the four metros, his/her travel to India cannot be recorded. So it is mandatory that they stick to the four ports. This system has been put in place to monitor the movement of Pakistani nationals in and out of the country.
Immigration official to Times of India
But, immigration officials refrained from confirming the same. They said they noticed a violation of rule in the travel papers that led to his deportation. “There was a technical issue with his documentation and he was deported to Abu Dhabi on the same flight,” an immigration official told TOI.
Due to his unexpected deportation, the performance scheduled for 8 pm was rescheduled for 11 pm.
Inquiries by TOI revealed that soon after news of the singer’s deportation spread, the event organizers managed to get a clearance from the concerned departments of the Union government, including the ministry of home affairs and made it possible for the Ustad to return to Hyderabad.
According to sources, Rahat Fateh Ali took a flight to Delhi from Abu Dhabi on Thursday evening then boarded a chartered flight to RGI Airport from the national capital.