WASHINGTON: A delegation of senior Pakistani security officials visiting America claims they were ordered off an aeroplane and "rudely treated" after one of the made a "comment to a flight attendant". The group then flew back to Islamabad.
One of the team said that his remark was something like "This will be my last flight" and that it was misinterpreted by flight staff. However, flight attendants claim that the Pakistanis had been drinking on the flight (despite their religion) and that one of them said "Unless you bring us more beer right now, this will be your last flight", made his right hand into the shape of a gun and pointed it at them.
US securityy officials at the airport reported that "a group of Asian men were detained under suspicion of terrorist activities after we received a complaint from a flight attendant". They insisted that the men were "treated with respect" but that they "proved difficult, making various threats against us".
Pakistanis have a long history of behaving stupidly when going abroad. Apart from the fiasco of the Pakistani cricket team in England, former President and Army General Pervez Musharraf once remarked in New York that women in his country were "willing to get raped" in order to get visas to foreign countries. Recently, the present President of Pakistan received criticism for visiting Britain to help his son's political career, despite the floods back home.
Pakistan's security forces are suspected of supporting Al Qaeda and the Taliban.
An unnamed US official said "Good riddance. We can now invite the Indians over. They're much easier to talk to and they usually bring spicy poppadoms when they visit."