Soon after 'praying' for Pakistan visa ban, Imran terms Trump immigration policy racist

Published: January 30, 2017
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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan attends party rally in Sahiwal on Sunday, January 29, 2017. PHOTO: PTI

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan attends party rally in Sahiwal on Sunday, January 29, 2017. PHOTO: PTI

A day after Imran Khan said he prayed President Donald Trump extends visa ban to Pakistan, the Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman has termed the US executive order “racist and counterproductive”.

“Trump’s move on immigration, asylum & visas targeting Muslims is racist & counterproductive. Will also increase hate crimes against Muslims in the US,” he tweeted on Monday.

In the most sweeping use of his presidential powers since taking office a week ago, Trump signed an executive order on Friday to pause the entry of travelers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for at least 90 days.

I pray Trump stops giving visas to Pakistanis: Imran

The move, implemented immediately by authorities, precipitated large protests across major airports nationwide.

Imran’s remarks also drew rebuke from some quarters that viewed it as insensitive.

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Reader Comments (7)

  • Frank
    Jan 30, 2017 - 10:43PM

    What Imran said was perhaps clumsily expressed or perhaps misreported, but what he meant is crystal clear. Pakistanis should learn to become self sufficient and build up their own country instead of running to Western countries. Getting a Western passport has become something of a national obsession for rich and poor alike, but the era of mass immigration in the West is coming to a close and there is no option now but to build Pakistan.Recommend

  • tuk
    Jan 31, 2017 - 5:32AM

    Islam is not a race. He is wrong again!Recommend

  • Masoom
    Jan 31, 2017 - 7:23AM

    I think he is out of euphoria now! Highly unstable personality which raises suspicion to be true about allegation by his opponents!Recommend

  • ayesha khan
    Jan 31, 2017 - 4:06PM

    @tuk:
    its MUSLIM ban not Islam ban.Recommend

  • Lakhkar Khan
    Jan 31, 2017 - 8:03PM

    The KING of all U-TURNS is back to his real self. Recommend

  • nasir shahzad
    Feb 1, 2017 - 9:21AM

    thank you very much donald trump and I also support the Imran Khan’ statement,, I highly appreciate your this step and I request to the rest of the world that they should ban the political leaders entrance from Pakistan especially after their tenure,,… In this way they must have fear in their mind “to be not corrupt” your this step will bring lot of investment in Islamic world, And people eventually be sincere with their own countries. Recommend

  • Aga Majid
    May 5, 2017 - 11:50AM

    I second Nasir Shahzad’s comments.Recommend

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