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.
Trump's move on immigration, asylum & visas targeting Muslims is racist & counterproductive. Will also increase hate crimes ag Muslims in US
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) January 30, 2017
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.
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.