Pakistani takes US govt to Supreme Court

Washington: Javaid Iqbal, a Pakistani TV technician working in Long Island, New York, at the time of the 9/11 attacks has challenged his arrest, interrogation and expulsion from the country in a suit now before the Supreme Court of the United States.

On Wednesday, a government lawyer told the justices that the US attorney general and the FBI chief should not be subjected to lawsuits filed by Arab Muslims held after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, who have charged that they were singled out for harsh treatment because of their religion and ethnicity.

According to a report in the Washington Post, “The oral arguments in the case produced a spirited debate, as justices pondered the reach of civil lawsuits targeting public officials who allegedly abuse civil rights, the ability of the nation’s leaders to go about their work without harassment and whether the balance is altered, in the words of Justice Antonin Scalia, ‘after an attack on this country of the magnitude of 9/11’.”

Khalid Hasan

dailytimes.com.pk

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