After SRK’s US immigration fiasco, sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan was denied a UK visa

It seems like a bad day to be a Khan in the Western world. After Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan was stopped at US immigration, it seems like sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan was denied a UK visa. The musician was set to perform at Royal Festival Hall and was shocked to see his UK visa application rejected.

He wrote on Twitter: “Shocked & appalled. #UK visa rejected. scheduled to perform at the #RoyalFestivalHall in Sep @HCILondon @MEAIndia @SushmaSwaraj @UKinIndia. My UK visa rejected. Extremely sad for artists who are spreading the message of love & peace @HCILondon @MEAIndia @UKinIndia @SushmaSwaraj. Performing almost every year in #UK since the early 70s. Upset to have my visa rejected @HCI_London @MEAIndia @UKinIndia @SushmaSwaraj.”

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US ambassador Richard Verma apologises to SRK

Following suit of the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Ambassador to India Richard Verma on Friday apologised to Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan over his detention at the U.S immigration at Los Angeles airport, ensuring it does not happen again in the future.

‘Sorry for the trouble at LAX @iamsrk. We are working to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Your work inspires millions, including in the US,’ tweeted Verma.

Earlier, the U.S. Department of State also apologised for the move offered a clarification, saying that even ‘American diplomats’ were pulled over security issues.

‘Sorry for the hassle at the airport, @iamsrk – even American diplomats get pulled for extra screening!,’ Nisha Biswal, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, U.S. Department of State said in a tweet.

Khan had tweeted his displeasure earlier saying that it ‘sucked’ to be detained at the U.S. immigration every time.

‘I fully understand & respect security with the way the world is, but to be detained at US immigration every damn time really really sucks. The brighter side is while waiting caught some really nice Pokemons,’ he said.

However, Former Indian Foreign Secretary, Ambassador to the U.S Nirupama Rao came out in support of the security measure at LA Airport saying that one cannot question the customs and border protection laws of any sovereign country.

‘The U.S post 9/11 is a changed country. If you’re not prepared to accept stringent security/controls don’t go there. Everything falls under the rubric of homeland security. No foreigner is really exempt,’ she said in a series of tweets.

Meanwhile, former Pakistan ambassador to US Husain Haqqani has called for updated equipment for Customs and Border Protection officers so that such incidents can be avoided.

‘Time to give @cbp officers better computers and advise them to check on individuals with other branches of US govt,’ he tweeted.

This is, however, not the first time that SRK has been detained at a US airport.

The same happened at the New York airport in April 2012 when he went there to address students at Yale University. He was then detained by the immigration officials for over two hours.

Even in 2009, Khan was detained by US immigration officials at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey after his name came up on a computer alert list.