Monday, February 14, 2011

Pakistani Bollywood Singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan released

NEWS DELHI: Pakistan’s internationally acclaimed singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan who had been detained in India for over 25 hours was released on Monday, Geo News reported.

Rahat Fateh Ali was detained here at Indira Gandhi airport on Sunday for possessing 124,000 US dollars, higher than the permissible limit, when he arrived at the airport to board for a flight to Karachi.

However, the singer was released today but his passport still remains with the Indian authorities. He has been summoned again for investigation on February 17. Two more persons along with Rahat Fateh were also released including his manager Sri Vastava.

Earlier, today Pakistan urged India for immediate lifting of ‘Protective Custody’ of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, detained in India for allegedly carrying foreign currency.

Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir spoke with Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad and urged that the internationally renowned singer be released.

The Interior Minister Rehman Malik also talked to Pakistan's High Commissioner to New Delhi Shahid Malik on Sunday to inquire details about the detention.


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