WASHINGTON: The Pakistan Embassy has raised with the US State Department the matter of Awami Muslim League leader Sheikh Rashid Ahmed's detention at Houston, Texas, airport where he landed Wednesday afternoon, an embassy spokesman said.

Sheikh Rashid was questioned by immigration authorities on arrival and was cleared after a few hours. The spokesman said under Pakistani Ambassador Sherry Rehman's instructions, Pakistan's Consul General in Houston Aqil Nadeem also took up the issue with the airport authorities.

The former federal minister was allowed to leave from the airport after a few hours.

Agencies add: Notables from Pakistani expatriates living in Houston, including Tasleem Siddiqui, Khalid Khan and others, gave Sheikh Rashid a warm welcome when he came out of the airport.