Islamabad, May 19: Mohammed Hanif, the famous Pakistani writer was detained and harassed by the New Zealand customs officials when he visited the country last week to attend an Award ceremony. Hanif was detained for more than two hours at the Auckland airport.
The winner of Commonwealth prize for his work 'A Case of Exploding Mangoes' said to Radio New Zealand that the airport officials inspected his 'underwear and read his notebook'. After the incident Hanif even thought of boycotting the award ceremony on Saturday, May 16 and return home. However he was not happy with the idea of another 28-hour flight.
Hanif added that discrimination against people with Muslim names was nothing unusual these days.