Pakistani son of murdered governor sues for 'racial profiling' after he was held over fake plane thr


Senator (1k+ posts)
The son of a Pakistani official who was assassinated by an Islamic extremist are suing American Airlines after he and his wife were escorted from a plane in handcuffs after a telephone hijacking threat that turned out to be a hoax.
Shahbaz Ali Taseer and his wife, Maheen Ghani Taseer, claim they were victims of racial profiling by the airline and San Francisco police.
They were taken off the New York-bound flight at San Francisco airport on August 19 of last year.


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The couples attorney Joel Siegal said: 'The only reason police went to them is because their names were Maheen Ghani Taseer and Shahbaz Ali Taseer.
'They were singled out and treated as the most vile terrorists.'
The lawsuit, first filed in March in San Francisco Superior Court, was transferred to federal court on Tuesday.


Assassinated: Shahbaz Ali Taseer's father Salman, the governor of Punjab who was shot in January

The plane was diverted to a remote stretch of tarmac after authorities were notified of a telephone threat that it would be hijacked.
The Taseers were the only passengers to be interrogated and held for hours, the lawsuit states.
The FBI later determined the threat was a hoax, the Associated Press reports.
In a statement, American Airlines spokesman Tim Smith said the allegations in the lawsuit do not indicate anyone at the airline did anything wrong or support the claims made against the airline.
Mr Smith said: 'Accordingly, we soon intend to move to dismiss the claims against American Airlines.'
San Francisco police spokesman Albie Esparza said the department does not comment on pending litigation.
The suit alleges the newly married couple suffered extreme humiliation and embarrassment, harm to their reputations and a fear of travel. It seeks unspecified damages.
The couple was vacationing in the United States and heading to New York to catch a flight back to Pakistan. Siegal said they are currently in Pakistan.
Shahbaz Taseer is the son of Salman Taseer, the governor of Punjab province who was assassinated by an Islamic extremist in January.
Salman Taseer was fatally shot at a market in Islamabad by one of his own bodyguards, who later confessed to killing Taseer because the politician wanted to change blasphemy laws that impose the death sentence for insulting Islam.

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Councller (250+ posts)
nobody ever took notice about the attitudes common people has to face inside Pakistan when he has to deal with local police and also people has lot of such incidences in their life while travelling abroad so what is special in this news it is common experience the problem is that our elite class is always above law in their own country and when they leave Pakistan they have to abide by the laws which is a bit difficult for them so they always use diplomatic cover to get special treatment abroad the young Taseer forgot that from now onward they have to fly of their own without diplomatic cover which they enjoyed when his father was governor


Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
Even TASEERS are BIG Time LOYAL to US.
Taseer family still LICKING.


Minister (2k+ posts)
Their tough time is yet to finish they windup things from here to seek some peace away...but in vain...


Chief Minister (5k+ posts)
americans are such fools,they did not know that taseers are even bigger enemy of islam and islamists than jews are.