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Akshay
31 Aug 06,, 03:29
Pakistani-American teen, father barred from U.S. (http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=domesticNews&storyID=2006-08-31T002935Z_01_N30222713_RTRUKOC_0_US-SECURITY-TEENAGER.xml&archived=False)

By Gina Keating

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Pakistani-American born in the United States said on Wednesday he has been barred from re-entering the country apparently because he chose the wrong person to list in the emergency contact portion of his U.S. passport.

Jaber Ismail, 18, and his 45-year-old father, Muhammed, a naturalized citizen, five years ago listed as an emergency contact in their U.S. passports a close relative who was convicted of a terrorism-related crime in April.

Jaber Ismail arrived in Pakistan with his family nearly five years ago to study and memorize the Koran. He completed that task and tried to return to Lodi with his family in April, the same month his cousin, Hamid Hayat, was convicted of providing material support to terrorists by attending training camps in Pakistan, and of lying about it to the FBI.

U.S. Customs officials at the Hong Kong airport, where they were catching a U.S.-bound connecting flight, told the father and son, "your passports aren't in the system. You have no record in the U.S.," Jaber Ismail told Reuters in a telephone interview from Rawalpindi on Wednesday.

"I said, 'I am a U.S. citizen. I was born there.' I showed them my birth certificate, my school ID. They wouldn't listen."

Jaber Ismail's mother and two younger siblings, who were not on the no-fly list, returned to home to Lodi.

The Ismail men were forced to return to Pakistan and have been living with relatives in Rawalpindi, he said.

FBI agents in Islamabad told the Ismails that they had been placed on the no-fly list because they had listed the Hayats as emergency contacts on their passports, Jaber Ismail said.

His uncle, Umer Hayat, was sentenced last week to time served after pleading guilty to lying about how much money he was carrying on a trip to Pakistan from the United States.

U.S. officials say that even though the Ismails are on the no-fly list and cannot fly from Pakistan to the United States, they probably could re-enter the country by land or sea, provided their passports haven't been revoked.

But Julia Harumi Mass, an American Civil Liberties Union attorney representing the Ismail family, said the men fear being stuck in Mexico or Canada if they are not admitted.

"There aren't any charges against them.... They are effectively holding them hostage in a foreign country," Mass said.

Jaber Ismail said FBI agents at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad interviewed him at length about his uncle and cousin and whether he knew anything about terrorist training camps.

He said the agents told him that he and his father would be denied entry into the United States unless they submitted to more questioning and a lie detector test.

"I was at a mosque. I was memorizing the Koran because it was important to my mom," Ismail said. "I want to go home and finish high school and get a good job."

Ray
31 Aug 06,, 20:08
You could knock me down with a feather!

Poor bloke memorising the Koran in a mosque and the sky falls down on him!

Maybe the American are rather chary about another WTC falling down on them.

Who knows?

kams
31 Aug 06,, 20:17
Well, History tells us that whenever Pakistanis go to pakistan (to memorise Koran in 5 years :confused: ) and then return to their adopted land, some things blow up ..bus, subway, etc etc. So Americans naturally are suspecious of kind of people who spend 5 years of ther precious youth in learning Koran and then want to finish highschool and get a job :eek: .

Akshay
31 Aug 06,, 20:29
You could knock me down with a feather!

Poor bloke memorising the Koran in a mosque and the sky falls down on him!

Maybe the American are rather chary about another WTC falling down on them.

Who knows?

Sir, If someone travels 8000 miles simply to learn Quran is obviously going to incite some kind of doubts. I am sure that the subject of Quran is also followed by some extra-carricular activities.

Catch my drift

Ray
31 Aug 06,, 20:40
No memorising the Koran is more important to the Moslems than life itself or even winning the Nobel Prize.

Memorising the Koran means that you have arrived.

I wonder if it material if one has to understand what one has memorised.

Something like Long John Silver's parrot?

OrdinaryGuy
31 Aug 06,, 21:17
well, his uncle was convicted of terrorism..
I'd rather be over suspicious than let a terrorist slip into the country.

Ray
01 Sep 06,, 08:05
Good for his Uncle.

Proving more loyal to Allah than his neighbours!

Sura [9:20] Those who believe, and emigrate, and strive in the cause of GOD with their money and their lives, are far greater in rank in the sight of GOD. These are the winners.

raj
02 Sep 06,, 03:16
No memorising the Koran is more important to the Moslems than life itself or even winning the Nobel Prize.

Memorising the Koran means that you have arrived.

I wonder if it material if one has to understand what one has memorised.

Something like Long John Silver's parrot?


and then burn the cars of non-muslims shouting that they are responsible for the backwardness and joblessness of the muslims