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Visa scam: Rehman Malik directs FIA not to arrest Abid Chaudhry

Published Jul 28, 2012 11:01am

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Advisor to the Prime Minister on Interior Rehman Malik. — Photo by APP/File

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik has directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to not arrest Abid Chaudhry, a central character in the UK visa scam who is associated with the Dream Land travel agency, DawnNews reported.

Malik reportedly directed FIA authorities to investigate the matter and present a report on it without arresting Chaudhry.

He ordered a report on the subject to be presented before him by Saturday evening and directed authorities to not harass Chaudhry.

Chaudhry’s name came to the fore when a British tabloid, The Sun, claimed to have unearthed a ‘UK visa scam’.

The Sun’s report revolved around an undercover investigator and a network of Pakistani agents – Malik Bashir and company known for sending people abroad on forged documents – with alleged links to the passport and identity card offices.

The paper said the officials first provided its undercover investigator with a genuine Pakistani passport in a false name. The information was backed by a footage of Abid Chaudhry (Dream Land’s travel agent) claiming how for around £7,000 he could get its man a two-month visa…and smuggle him into London 2012 as part of Pakistan’s Olympic squad.