Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The World Renowned Pakistani Social Worker Being Deported from New York - Highly Condemnable

Edhi’s passport seized by US officials
Daily Times, January 29, 2008

LAHORE: Renowned social worker Abdul Sattar Edhi was interrogated by US immigration officials at the JF Kennedy Airport in New York, who also seized his passport and other documents, a private TV channel reported on Monday.

Edhi told Geo News that US immigration officials had questioned him for eight hours at the airport. “They asked me why I don’t reside permanently in the US despite having a green card,” he said. “I told them that I’m a social worker and I have to travel extensively around the world, and so cannot live there permanently,” he added.

Edhi said he had faced the same behaviour from US immigration officials when he visited America in June last year.

According to Geo News, the immigration officials allowed him to leave following the intervention of Pakistani officials, but did not return his passport and other documents. Edhi said the US officials, through a letter, had also asked him to appear in court for a hearing on February 20.

Separately, talking to News One television channel, Edhi said US authorities apparently wanted to hinder his social work. He said he, his wife and their granddaughter had been living in a small room for the last month as the US authorities were refusing to return his passport.

Also See: Edhi being deported

For details about Abdul Sattar Edhi's Work, see
1. Humanitarian to a Nation - Saudi Aramco World
2. Nominating Abdul Sattar Edhi for a Noble Award - Pakistaniat.com
3. Gift 1: Abdul Sattar Edhi
4. Abdul Sattar Edhi by Asma Khan

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