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Rahat Fateh Ali Khan deported, barred to perform in India

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Pakistani semi-classical, playback singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was deported from Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) of Hyderabad, India on Thursday.

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As reported Indian media, the prominent singer had reached Hyderabad in order to amuse his fans on New Year’s night concert at Taj Falaknuma Palace, but he was halted by immigration officials. The officials termed the singer’s deportation as ‘Technical flaws’.

Under the Indian immigration rules, Pakistani citizens are not allowed to step inside India through Hyderabad as the legal parts of entry by air are Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai.

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“That’s why the singer was asked to return to Abu Dhabi and travel to the city through the valid entry points,” said the official, adding that in case any Pakistani national enters through any airport, which are not listed, the travel of that passenger could not be recorded. Therefore, it is necessary to use the four enlisted ports for the purpose of entering into India.

“This system has been put in place to monitor the movement of Pakistani nationals in and out of the country,” added the official.

The immigration officials also stated that a breach of rules in travel documents caused the deportation of the celebrity.

“There was a technical issue with his documentation and he was deported to Abu Dhabi on the same flight,” added another immigration official.

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