No. 22-1026.

72 F.4th 597 (2023)

Shaker ULLAH, Petitioner, v. Merrick B. GARLAND, Attorney General, Respondent.

United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit.

Decided: July 6, 2023.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

ARGUED: Benjamin Ross Winograd , IMMIGRANT & REFUGEE APPELLATE CENTER, LLC, Alexandria, Virginia, for Petitioner. Robert Michael Stalzer , UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, Washington, D.C., for Respondent. ON BRIEF: Brian Boynton , Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Stephen J. Flynn , Assistant Director, Office of Immigration Litigation, Civil Division, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, Washington, D.C., for Respondent.

Petition for review granted; reversed and remanded with instructions by published opinion. Judge Diaz wrote the opinion, in which Chief Judge Gregory and Judge Thacker joined.

The United States' war in Afghanistan required regional allies willing to aid the effort. One such ally was Shaker Ullah, a Pakistani businessman who sold supplies to coalition forces. This invoked the wrath of the Pakistani Taliban, which demanded exorbitant payments from Ullah under threat of death. Ullah repeatedly refused...


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