I think it’s a matter of dual citizenship.
I still want to know how he got into Pakistan in 1981 when no Americans or non-muslims were allowed. At all.
And he conveniently stopped by Indonesia on the way over. And he was 20, right in between the 18-21 to claim his Indonesian citizenship with “Muslim” listed as religion as his adoptive father. Just what was needed to get into Pakistan.
And why go to Pakistan in the first place? What does a college student “working through college” as he says, have to spend his money on a sight seeing tour in Pakistan?
I imagine the same way Americans visit Cuba even though the US bans travel to Cuba -- they first travel to Canada or Mexico and then fly to Cuba. (How do I know this? Check out my tag line.)
If the ban was a US ban on travel to Pakistan, then all that would mean is you can't fly to Pakistan from the US. In theory, you could get in trouble if US customs noticed the stamp on your way back, but I've never heard of that happening to anyone. Anyone else have any better info?