Pakistan terms U.S screening law discriminatory

11:39, March 13, 2010      

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Pakistan said Friday that the U. S. law of screening Pakistani nationals at American airports is discriminatory and the government has urged the U.S. administration to review it.

The U.S introduced law to screen the full body of nationals of 14 countries, including 13 Muslim nations and Cuba, after a Nigerian national was arrested while he was allegedly blowing an American passenger plan on Christmas day.

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Malik Ammad Khan said in the National Assembly the screening law is humiliating and is hampering Pak-U.S. relations as Pakistani citizens are being targeted and humiliated through this legislation.

The National Assembly, Lower House of the parliament, discussed the issue as members from the tribal regions raised the U.S law who ended visit to the U.S against screening Reagan International Airport, Washington this week.

Khan said the issue would also be raised during the strategic dialogue in which Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi will represent Pakistan.

The minister said unfortunately the members of the National Assembly did not visit United States on official level but they visited under a programme of the U.S. embassy however the government will take up the issue seriously with the U.S. government.

He requested the members of the parliament to take the foreign office into confidence prior to their any visit abroad so that proper arrangements could be made for them.

Muhammad Kamran Khan, a parliament member from tribal region, said that six members of the National Assembly preferred to end their visit instead of going through screening.

Source: Xinhua
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