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Pakistan Politician Plane: Angry Travelers Throw Late VIP Off Flight

By    |   Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 08:04 AM

A Pakistani politician was prevented from boarding a plane this week after a group of disgruntled passengers fed up with his two-hour-late arrival blocked the entrance to the aircraft and then chased him back to the terminal building.

A video posted online on Tuesday shows a group of passengers shouting "Shame on you" as they blocked Rehman Malik, an influential former interior minister, from entering the plane, Reuters reported.

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The plane, operated by state-run Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), eventually took off from the port city of Karachi for Islamabad without Malik on board.

An airline spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment.

Another politician, Ramesh Kumar Wakwani, was also barred from boarding the aircraft after turning up late.

Malik defended himself, saying he was not responsible for the delay.

"(W)ho shd be blamed for this delay? PIA or me? Obviously PIA," he wrote on his Twitter page.

The state airline, plagued by financial losses and often criticized for its inefficiency, is known for delaying flights to accommodate the schedules of important politicians, sometimes making ordinary passengers wait for hours to take off.

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