DUBAI- Emirates Airlines has imposed a lifetime travel ban on Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chief Dr. Tahir-ul Qadri and may initiate legal proceedings against him for keeping the aircraft on hold for several hours at the Lahore airport after security issues caused the Pakistani government to divert the flight to Lahore from Islamabad.

According to our sources, Emirates was coerced into such a decision after Qadri refused to depart the aircraft in Lahore and also barred other passengers from disembarking until he negotiated a deal with the provincial authorities.

Legal options were raised after the airline felt this act was equivalent to hijacking.