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Olympic visa scam a clear conspiracy against Pakistan: Malik

July 28, 2012


Interior Minister Senator Rehman Malik shows documents during a press conference regarding the fake passport allegations at Ministry of Interior in Islamabad on Saturday. – Photo by APP

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Interior Rehman Malik on Saturday said that investigations show that Olympic visa scam was a conspiracy to defame Pakistan and those involved would be taken to task as per law of the land.

“The news published in the British newspaper, The Sun when Olympics were near to start. I am the person who ordered inquiry so as to find out the real facts behind the scandal,” he told a press conference.

The minister said about 90 per cent work on inquiry into the scam has been done and after its completion, the report with all documents would be dispatched to the British Newspaper through Pakistan High Commission in United Kingdom.

He said the inquiry teams of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) have thoroughly investigated the scam and found that Asad Ali (Sun Newspaper’s agent) got his CNIC and passport in 2000 and he provided wrong information in the declaration form he filled to get UK nationality.

Asad Ali now has dual nationality, he added.

“I have directed FIA to register a case against Asad Ali for disinformation and attempt to give bad name to the country,” said the interior minister.

In this regard, he said, a team of legal experts have been asked to decide under which article of law a case is to be registered against Asad Ali.

Earlier, the interior minister had directed the FIA to not arrest Abid Chaudhry, a central character in the UK visa scam who is associated with the Dream Land travel agency.