WEB DESK: Singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was deported from Hyderabad, India to Abu Dhabi due to ‘technical faults in his travel papers’ on Thursday, Aaj News reported.
Khan had travelled to the city to perform at a New Year event at the iconic Taj Falaknuma Palace which was meant to promote harmony through Hyderabad’s heritage and culture.
Due to his unexpected deportation, the performance of the Ustad scheduled for 8 pm was rescheduled for 11 pm.
Immigration authorities at Rahul Gandhi International Airport attributed Rahat’s deportation to “technical flaws”. According to immigration rules, Pakistani nationals can’t enter India through Hyderabad; the legal ports of entry by air are Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai.
“That’s why the singer was asked to return to Abu Dhabi and travel to the city through the valid entry points,” the official said. He added, “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.”
According to Times of India, 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 Khan to return to Hyderabad.