Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan “is welcome” in the United States even though he was briefly held by US immigration agents in Canada, State Department acting spokesman Mark Toner said on Wednesday. “We are aware that he was detained briefly in Toronto before boarding his flight to the United States,” Toner told reporters when asked about Khan’s questioning last week. But he disputed allegations that Khan was held and interrogated for hours as he tried to board a New York-bound plane from the Canadian city. “My understanding is that the issue was quickly resolved and that Khan travelled into the United States, and certainly he is welcome in the United States,” Toner said. Khan was headed to New York to attend a fundraiser organised by his party.