The London Olympics are set to begin at the end of July. -Photo by AFP

KARACHI: A British tabloid has allegedly uncovered a visa scam involving Pakistan's Olympic contingent.

According to the investigation, a group of travel agents and politicians are involved in the scam which allows anyone to travel with the Pakistani contingent as support staff if they pay a certain amount of money.

Fake passports, travel documents, a visa for two months and a letter from the Pakistan Sports Board claiming that the person is part of Pakistan's Olympic support staff can all be arranged for around one million Pakistani rupees (7000 pounds), it was reported.

Abid Chodhary, the politician and Dream Land travel agency were allegedly involved.

The British and Pakistani authorities have been notified. Pakistan's advisor to the Prime Minister on interior, Rehman Malik, said that the relevant people have been informed and will be looking into the matter.

Malik has formed a joint investigation team to investigate the scam.The team would include officials from the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

The Director General (DG) FIA would head the investigation team.

Eight employees of National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) have been suspended and Chairman Nadra Tariq Malik has  has ordered inquiry into the matter.

Meanwhile, a Pakistani official, while talking to DawnNews, rubbished the story as an attempt to discredit Pakistan. He also added that it was not possible for anyone to sneak in as part of Pakistan's contingent as there were proper checks conducted and a lot of documentation required.

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Comments (111)

Gopal Das
July 26, 2012 12:38 pm
I think everybody should check out the Scam Detector app. I believe they're online as well.
July 24, 2012 2:45 pm
Very well said, the same dilemma is faced by Indian leaders. They are confused about with whom to talk, whom to trust and who is incharge. Is it the ISI chief, the army chief, the president or the prime minister? Nobody takes responsibility of the: 1. Passports issued by their government (e.g. to Abu Jundal), 2. Their own citizens (e.g. Kasab, Hafiz, etc) 3. Their own diplomats. 4. Their own army personal found in India. ....etc,
Syed Faisal
July 23, 2012 3:40 pm
Let me tell you one more thing. This type of scandals includes high level officals involvements, But we know; only few peoples from lower grades will get arrest. Only Judicial inquiry can uncover the real truth. And media should raise their voices for judicial inquiry for this.
July 23, 2012 4:03 pm
there seems to be ever lower point. depressing although not surprising.
July 23, 2012 4:20 pm
This exposure will further tarnish the image of this Islamic Republic of Pakistan. However, they can avoid the damage if the minister concerned is sacked/kicked out and his name be put on the Exit control list along with those concerned.But, such sort of timely action can't be done. When you have a basket of rotten eggs, it is difficult to even think to sort out even those partly rotten. Because rotten eggs are never rotten partially. Such harsh words fall short of some more to condemn criminal activities, knowing as we do that it will create problems for those otherwise simple citizens to travel internationally. People may even doubt about the diplomatic passports of your government. For my satisfaction, please at least check the passport of the minister concerned and the functionaries under him to give confidence to the other countries for the sake of this beautiful country and the equally beautiful people of Pakistan. Looking to the recent scandles of some of the nasty cricketers, I say those proven guilty must go to jails irrespective of positions or party affiliations. I write these comments because those of our brother living abroad in the USA, Canada, UK and even those going for Hajj have to face the 'ear-poisoning -music ' on such revelations which most of those inside may not know. And, these are my personal views subject to the miscreants being proven guilty as per the law.
July 23, 2012 3:38 pm
visa scam reported in british what pakistani media is doing????????????????????talk shows
Riaz Murtaza
July 23, 2012 4:40 pm
What has happened to the Pakistanis ! No more good news coming. There is always some kind of scam disclosed everyday. No one is afraid from the laws. It seems the authorities itself are involved in such incidents.
jd shami
July 23, 2012 3:35 pm
Once proven, this Abid chodhry must be prosecuted and sent to jail. Enough is enough, Pakistan's name is on the line.
July 23, 2012 4:51 pm
disgraceful episode number 9999999999999999999999999999999 and counting
Nazir Ali Silawat
July 28, 2012 12:11 pm
GMKhan, you are right. I agree with you.
Syed Faisal
July 23, 2012 3:33 pm
Nothing surprising. In our country, unfortunately, 100% corruption. What illegal action you wants to do, you can. Passport ? , ID Card? , Plot computerized document?, Take out drugs from airport?, Anything you say. No regret. Whole system is corrupt. I wish why Pakistani reports don’t do this undercover reporting? A revolution is required; no one is capable in Pakistan in current scenario who can drag it to right direction Muhammad Canada
July 23, 2012 3:32 pm
not a bad build up at all - to blame Pakistan incase something happens at the Olympics
July 23, 2012 3:14 pm
ok now this is pathetic if true...being a pakistani is really becoming an embarrassment!! hopefully this will turn out to be a false story...
July 24, 2012 7:46 am
Which Proves how Indian Abu Hamza can go to Saudi Arabia with Pakistani passport - But the problem is Pakistan do not accept his fault even proven, this is the biggest irony. Once they will feel and accept that yes this is blunder we are doing only then reforms can be done. Doctor cant prescribe medicine to patience unless patient tell yes i have problem.
July 23, 2012 2:16 pm
If they can do the scams in Hajj schemes what's stopping them from resorting to these tactics? Every event in life to them looks an opportunity to make quick buck. Has this not been going on for many years now? Support staff defecting in foreign countries while on sports tours?
July 23, 2012 2:08 pm
Most Pakistanis want to escape the country by hook or by crook.
July 23, 2012 4:41 pm
we all hope that its a false news and lets not give another jolt to a nation which is waiting for a good news from sports field , but if its true no one to be left without punishment
July 24, 2012 7:12 am
Have a corrupt leader at the top and you get 'hum khayal' group i.e all like him all the way down. Bring one honest leader and the rot stops no one under will dare to suh a thing because the honest leader will not protect him-thats why only Imran Khan is the last hope-by the way I never cared for any party in the past but with the current dire situation I want to step forward and vote a decent guy for nce. Gilani was convicted by court and he was protected by the leader with 30 lakh a month salary and immunity from cases against him. why these corrupt always disgrace us in England where so many hard working pakistani's live.
True Pakistani
July 23, 2012 4:01 pm
- it is quite expected. in fact it would be indescribably surprising if there was NO scam.
July 26, 2012 12:27 pm
I agree. Visa scams happen all over . India had the biggest B@ visa scandal in USA , biggest in the world. We like to think we are bad. L
July 23, 2012 4:33 pm
Shujaat Ayub Khan
July 23, 2012 4:21 pm
What else is new at home front.
July 23, 2012 4:13 pm
Well done Pakistan, you have done it again., made news that no other country in the world could. Dishonesty,cheating,corruption you have written a book. Rehman Malick's committees are routine- at the end no one is accountable.
July 23, 2012 4:11 pm
When the Head of the organization is Rehman Malik then this is very much expected.
Overseas Pakistani
July 23, 2012 4:57 pm
This is really bad news for Pakistani passport holders who travel aboard. Pakistanis were already subject to extra scrutiny. Now they will face lot more harassment & embarrassment.. Pakistan has become a very corruption country. The corruption is at every level. There is lot more corruption at the highest levels. That is why removing corruption is a lost cause in Pakistan. Now corruption has become part of Pakistani life & culture.. So Sad.
Dilawer A.
July 23, 2012 5:06 pm
Perfect response to this news article. Rehman Malik makes more investigation teams then a baker can make cookies. I am wondering if Pakistan would ever emerge as a country better than Rwanda or Congo. Let's hope that someday it will.
Dilawer Amjad
July 23, 2012 5:13 pm
Don't you think that Rehman Malik is root cause of all the problems. Just think that his entire existence is based on crisis management. He would never get any lime light if there is no crisis to manage. Let's take a look at the number of committees he formed and find out the results of those committees. What is average cost and duration of those meetings and what are the results. This is not rocket science but someone needs to think that what is the cost and benefit of keeping Rehman Malik or any special advisor in his job if all the decisions are on ad hoc basis. He would never make any process so that the next oerson's job in his position will be a better fit to the growing needs.
Dilawer Amjad
July 23, 2012 5:16 pm
There is no crimanl justice system in Pakistan. This is the root cause of people taking law in their own hands. Read the News in this paper on honor killings and other criminal news. We should not be shocked any more since this is a natural outcome of what we have in the country.
July 23, 2012 5:17 pm
Its the same method which Pakistanis use to get student visas for UK and Canada.Students pay 1% of the bank statement amount to broker who prepares verifiable fake bank statements.Once the bank statement requirement is furnished the applicant easily get the student visa.Its very normal and happening in Pakistan since many years now.
Rev Eldrick Lal
July 23, 2012 5:25 pm
Bravo Pakistan! Another inglorious chapter in the history of the nation. I do not understand why people give that much preference to ENGLAND and waste their time, energy and sources. They better stay and work hard in their own homeland or try somewhere else. For instance, middle eastern countries. They can proceed with proper documentation and can gain access into middle eastern countries via proper channels. Please stop these scams and let other honest Pakistani's live with integrity and respect.
July 23, 2012 5:27 pm
Forget the corrupt governments and the offices. When the common man realises that 'bribery' is a social evil that paves way for the moral downfall of any society, it is only then we can see some changes around. The idea and thought that you can buy yourself in to any position needs to be gone once and for all. And I'm afraid the common man has to take the blame here as well, whatever be the circumstances. I know there will be people saying that one can't get any work done if we don't give any 'kharcha paani' has become an unnecessary evil and has to stop.
July 23, 2012 5:45 pm
& the Olympic Gold Medal for the best scam goes to.... Pakistan!!!
July 23, 2012 5:53 pm
Ever great Pakistan!
July 23, 2012 5:54 pm
shameless politicians!!
July 23, 2012 5:54 pm
What a shameful day for Pakistan. Breaks my heart to see how my country will now be viewed internationally as a result of the greed and idiocy of few.
July 23, 2012 6:20 pm
What would be the future of Pakistan? If we here these types of news every new day. There is no one who is sincere for the country, everyone is doing illegal work either it is a common or a politician. May ALLAH bless this country and guide the people of this country. AMEEN.
July 23, 2012 6:23 pm
ppl r so very desperate to get out from there ....they can do anything ...even kill ...unfortunately!!!!! amazingly the most fraud cases always happen for uk!!!!
Gerry D'Cunha
July 24, 2012 9:25 am
The Hajj scandle and the election scandle is next, we will hear.
July 23, 2012 6:29 pm
What is there to be shocked at? This is what we Pakistanis are and this is what normally happens in everyday life in Pakistan. Just because we happen to be outside Pakistan does not mean that Pakistanis inside and outside Pakistan are no more dishonest, corrupt, cheat, fraud and liars. Come on.
Zia R Qureshi
July 24, 2012 9:24 am
Since the news is not fully confirmed - its considered meaningless. We are used to these media hypes as there is no honest leadership at top level and everyday we come across real or make up stories like these to tarnish the image of our targeted nation. Besides this, under cover people from other countries are coming over to Pakistan and settling in without any problems or issues. They all have fake names and ID's - why are they not been questioned or part of publications ? This is the holy month of Ramadan and what image are we creating for this nation - the least we can do is to uncover this plot and if anyone is found guilty, he should be severely punished. England, of course is not a go to place specially in recession - you never know that the 7K Pounds are being shared by both ends. Maybe Middle Eastern countries would be a much better option. Its time that someone steps up and take charge, enhance and upgrade the national image and provide relief to the sufferings of the nation - may God bless the new leadership - amin Zi@ - well wisher from US
July 23, 2012 6:38 pm
Welldone Pakistani, We all are very proud of you, I live in Uk and this news is making headlines today and unbelievable out of 128 countries we pakistani,s always top the negative news, i guess we are one of the worst nations in the world and we blame the whole world for targetting us always, im sure we as pakistani,s should go through express dry cleaning, it might help !!!
Dilawer Amjad
July 23, 2012 6:41 pm
This News mean more difficulty for Pakistanis going through the immigration at World's airports. More scrutiny more nasty looks more interrogation and more signs of distrust. At my company in the USA, they were defining the terms of low IQs and the discussion ended up with laughter as a new term was described below moron and that was "Pakistani". How low do we need to fall before deciding that It is time to say enough is enough.
July 23, 2012 6:48 pm
This just goes to show and confirm how desperate Pakistanis are to escape the corruption and lawlessness that has plagued this country.
July 23, 2012 6:57 pm
Even if this story is true ,it is only for a few thousand pounds. That does not make it morally right and it gives the western media another chance to malign Pakistan. However it should be put into context. Recently it has been discovered that the Americans and British banks have been wrongly selling insurances and mortgages and making billions of us dollars in profit but no body can prosecute them as they deal in billions of dollars and bring in billions of dollars and pounds to their governments in taxes. So this corruption happens in other countries too and on a bigger scale.
Cyrus Howell
July 23, 2012 7:03 pm
Tip of the iceberg.
Capt Mansur
July 23, 2012 7:05 pm
I applaud my dear Pakistani Con men to come out with such novel ideas. Such a brilliant idea, unluckily caught in the bud. And we are celebrating Ramazan. Sad.
July 23, 2012 7:09 pm
And NADRA is introducing 'smart' NIC. All a bag of jokes. Out goes the privacy of citizens properly registered.
Aamir, Toronto
July 23, 2012 7:18 pm
I’m just aghast, what else you could expect when the top most leadership running the country is fully corrupt.
July 23, 2012 7:30 pm
This is exactly what tabloids are notorious for (spicy news lacking credibility)!
July 23, 2012 7:35 pm
when crooks will run the country this has to happen its our own people fault we give vote for few hundred rupees or for any minute benefit.who says pakistan name is good on the world map we made it bad and even worse all our own people fault and if you ppl dont wake up you gona be more disgraced thats ppl of pakistan destiny wake up if you want your respect
July 23, 2012 7:38 pm
why can't an opportunity be provided in a fare way and people get there without using wrong means. This is failure of England and Pakistan together. They have made the process so difficult that people use back doors and are exploited by the politicians and officials etc Govt should review there procedures and make the process easy so that all interested in games can visit there!
Gerry D'Cunha
July 23, 2012 7:43 pm
I am speechless !! Has the authority thought of the Pakistani communities who have to face the local British people when such scandals are repeated about Pakistanis? These people have tarnish the image of Pakistan and their religion.
Amjad Butt
July 23, 2012 7:51 pm
Not only people in the government majority of our people are corrupt.
Umer S
July 23, 2012 7:55 pm
Such scams are not unique to Pakistan. Its just that Pakistan is under the microscope right now and any negative news is blown out of proportion. I hope this issue is sorted out in time and it does not affect Pakistan's attendance in the Olympics.
July 23, 2012 8:01 pm
You should probably read more international news.
July 23, 2012 8:34 pm
GO Pakistan!!! Bravo!!! Keep up the Record.
July 23, 2012 8:55 pm
pakistan at its finest hour once again.
Hasnain Haque
July 23, 2012 9:00 pm
When did you last get some good news from Pakistan?
Hasnain Haque
July 23, 2012 9:02 pm
Well done, you have even beaten Nigeria for corruption, what an achievement.
one with no voice
July 23, 2012 9:31 pm
Shame on you.
Tariq Asam
July 23, 2012 9:40 pm
Why am I not surprised?
July 23, 2012 9:56 pm
As I said before many times, no surprise will be the biggest surprise under this government of coalition.
July 23, 2012 9:57 pm
keep hoping and go back to digging your head in the sand.
July 23, 2012 10:41 pm
This doesnot surprise me. Only question is, who to trust in Pakistan?
July 23, 2012 10:47 pm
Considering the type and background of Pakistani leaders in the government, I am puzzled as to why is everyone surprised at the news ?
July 23, 2012 10:51 pm
"Yahan..har shaakh pe ullu baitha hai anjam-e-gulistan kya hoga."
July 23, 2012 11:11 pm
This scam did get uncovered now but the question is that, was such a thing happening in the previous Olympic games as well?
July 23, 2012 11:12 pm
british tabloids are known for being truthful
July 23, 2012 11:34 pm
If Pakistan had good economy,these things 'll never happen.
Muhammad Ammad
July 23, 2012 11:58 pm
This news is literally very sad, but i want to tell you that now these guys are too much in making up. How can you get into olympics without being renown athlete first? There are thousand legitimite athletes are sititng in world who can't make to olympics just becuase they are not very good in sports and can't qualify for olympics, so how can any XYZ can be part of olympic team by just holding fake passport? Secondly, British High comission can't grant visa on the basis of forged document. Here i only see is you can have Fake Passport by bribing officials, which is true, but adding olympic story and creating extra buzz does not extend any sense to me. Ammad from USA.
July 24, 2012 12:38 am
This is really scary. The Pakistani team should be banned from competing at all.
July 24, 2012 12:56 am
Riaz, There is plenty of good news in Pakistan. The Pakistanis are the most resilient nation in the world. There is a lot of individual brilliance out there. However, media is afraid that you are not interested in that "no-news" content. Please let media knows that you want to read stories about the unsung heroes of Pakistan. They will listen to you.
July 24, 2012 1:07 am
What a shame....!! Frustrating......really need to straighten things up before even saying "Pakistan" will going to bring us embarrassment!
July 24, 2012 1:13 am
I am waiting for someone to declare it another Hindu/Jew Zionist conspiracy. Come on.. where are conspiracy theorists when you need one.
July 24, 2012 1:15 am
What do you expect? They want to make money from any thing possible, and any which way possible. I am not surprised at all. They have no sympathy for the people and the Country and yet the people are electing them to rule them and punish them for their choice. Go figure !!! We do have a choice soon if we have learned any thing from our choices we must be more sincere to the Country not the People or politicians in choosing those who we want to Govern our Country for the next few terms. Otherwise Pakistan is doomed for ever.
July 24, 2012 1:24 am
These people deserve gold medal of curruption. Plesae bring their faces on the national TV.
July 24, 2012 1:36 am
Why do you even call this country "Islamic"? Ethnic clashes, corruption, rape and plunder - there is nothing Islamic about it any more.
shakeel abbasi
July 24, 2012 1:42 am
this is facts.
July 24, 2012 1:46 am
Arshad Patel,Ohio US
July 24, 2012 1:51 am
Very True. We have again proved to be ONE OF THE MOST CORRUPTED COUNTRY IN THE WORLD. Regarding any accountability: Anjam e Gulistan kiya ho ga, her shakh peh uloo baitha hay.
July 24, 2012 2:02 am
could not agree more
July 24, 2012 2:15 am
Really Bilal? Kabootar billi ko dekh k aankh band kar lega to billi kabotar to nahi khayegi?
July 24, 2012 2:29 am
Investigation of the corrupt, by the corrupt,for the corrupt...
July 24, 2012 2:39 am
its great talent of pakistan
July 24, 2012 2:56 am
I am pleasantly surprised to see no one screamed conspiracy theory here. What a shame that Pakistan has reached new lows.
July 24, 2012 3:04 am
its good news b/c Pakistan is 3rd world country no one leave there it really big achievement for us
July 24, 2012 3:18 am
For last five years, Pakistan's image has been declining due to bad governance every one is corrupt. Public, Policy and Judiciery too. All of them jontly unitedly have decided to damages Pakistan's name.
July 24, 2012 3:41 am
This is nothing has been happening in the past in every field..sports is no exception..this is only a small story which has been uncovered..there are many such cases which go unnoticed and many people who are considered "gentlemen" and "clean" in the circle of showbiz, politics (the prime example), sports etc. are all involved in this as it provides them extra income. The worst part is that many of these who go illegaly by way of fake documentation never return to Pakistan and stay abroad even after the main team returns home.
July 24, 2012 3:42 am
this must be false news, we don't want Quaid to roll in his grave.
July 24, 2012 4:08 am
what else you need all video taped. However nothing will happen to the culprits all have big connections and teh share goes to the top. haapily live after.
July 24, 2012 4:09 am
This is nothing compared to THE HAJJ Scandal. Are we ever going to give a good impression of ourselves as an Honest Nation ?
July 24, 2012 11:16 am
Many countries would be doing this. Dont be disheartened. It is just that Pakistanis got caught. If put under the lens, many countries would be probably doing the same [ Maybe money may not be involved ] as a favour to close friends / relatives.
July 24, 2012 4:41 am
Some body should have taken note when mr Rehman Malick while commenting on the Pakistani pass port of Abu Jundal, held in India, openly declared that there is nothing to investigate as Pakistani passports can be easily prepared and forged and any one can have them cheap.
July 24, 2012 5:53 am
Mr. Amir Dewani, yours is wishful thinking, here in Pakistan all inquiries are just to hoodwink us gullible Pakistanis. Here all the high ups can do any wrong and get away with it. The is a lot to be done for honest dealings in Pakistan, but for that you need honest men at the helm and we have few of them, who are not allowed to work freely. The day we have honest leaders our country can bee he best in the world.
raja imran Dhrugi
July 24, 2012 12:46 pm
Its never late to mend.All pakistani are not corrupt.Handful people are alwys found in every country.We sould not hit every one with same yard stick.pakistan is a super power and demoratic country.cuiprits must be hanged across the board.We cact blame entire nation.pakistani love their country and condemed such activities which destroy the image of pakistan.
July 24, 2012 6:33 am
Which Proves how Indian Abu Hamza can go to Saudi Arabia with Pakistani passport - Shame on such country which created trouble not only for own country to to other countries also
July 24, 2012 6:47 am
India has a dozen embassies in Afghanistan..what do u think they are doing over there with so many embassies? Reply to your comment lies in this fact my friend. Dont blame Pakistan for what an Indian did
July 24, 2012 7:05 am
india gives so much subsidy to its muslim citizens for hajj and india flies special flights for hajj....pakistan's image is tarnished..future of a young pakistani is very gloomy
July 24, 2012 8:28 am
Dear PBBC, We have always given them the motive. Why to blame the tabloids, if we are not going to clear our image as a corrupt nation ?
July 24, 2012 8:47 am
Think about it - Olympics will bring honours to other countries by competing in the games. The same Olympics has been used by its' own people to bring dishonour to Pakistan.What an unfortunate counrty!
July 24, 2012 5:01 pm
Another sad day for me as a Pakistani. It seems like cheats and corrupt people are just woven in our society. The officials found responsible should be punished VERY SEVERELY. I have had ENOUGH living in SHAME of being a Pakistani. As much as I love my country, these corrupt people are not letting me live proudly as a Pakistani. God bless Pakistan and save the motherland from these corrupt leeches.
July 24, 2012 5:37 pm
rebuilding Afghanistan
July 24, 2012 5:40 pm
So many comments as if some news like this has flashed for the first time !
July 24, 2012 7:51 pm
Why so many comments on this topic, In news for wrong reasons, nothing new just another day!
July 24, 2012 7:52 pm
No surprise it is Pakistani culture
Shahbaz M
July 25, 2012 5:25 am
It is shame for all of us Pakistanis. Corruption exists from A-Z i.e. from Public to Government. In order to improve ourselves there is need to accept this fact.
Pavas Ambashta
July 25, 2012 9:32 am
Oh!! So you mean that Kasab along with his 9 others were Indian!! Even your prime minister has accepted that those terrorists were Pakistani nationals..Dont try to pretend so naive..
July 25, 2012 5:53 pm
Talha, countries are not blaming Pakistan, they trying to 'avoid' you. Its a writing on the wall. Your best friends have become yours foes and you have not taken a single step to soothe your soured relationships with the enemy countries, in nut shell you are pretty alone guys !!!! Wake up neighbors !!
July 25, 2012 10:18 pm
pakistan n good economy ? hahahahhaha
July 26, 2012 12:20 am
these corupt employees are everywhere, in india, in usa , in uk, in japan. DO NOT BLAME THE PAKISTAN NATION.
July 31, 2012 11:23 am
another one for the hall of shame! Allah save Pakistan!
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