NEW DELHI: Renowned Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was deported from India on technical reasons as soon as he touched down Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) on Thursday.
Rahat Fateh was barred entry and asked to return to Abu Dhabi.
He had arrived India to perform at a New Year eve event at the iconic Taj Falaknuma Palace.
Immigration authorities at RGIA attributed Rahat’s deportation to “technical flaws”.
Indian immigration rules say any Pakistani national can’t enter India through Hyderabad; the legal ports of entry by air are Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai.
Later in the evening, Rahat Fateh Ali took a flight to Delhi from Abu Dhabi and then boarded a chartered flight to Hyderabad from the national capital.