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March 7, 2010

Pak delegation refuses body scanning at US airport, returns home

     Lahore: A delegation of Pakistan’s National Assembly and Senate has returned home after its members refused to under go body scanning at a US airport. According to a private television channel, the delegation headed by Senator Abbas Khan Afridi refused body scanning at the Dulles International Airport, saying it was an ‘insult’ to parliamentarians of a sovereign country. Afridi said they were informed before their arrival in the US that they would not face any such discrimination during their visit. The delegation had reached the US on February 28 for a 15-day visit, The Daily Times reports. It may be noted that Pakistan ’s name is in the list of 14 countries, whose citizens have to go for full body screening before boarding a plane to the US . Under new rules, all citizens of Pakistan , Afghanistan , Algeria , Lebanon , Libya , Iraq , Nigeria , Saudi Arabia , Somalia and Yemen must receive a pat down and an extra check of their carry-on bags before boarding a plane bound for America.
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