Posted: 11:42a.m. IST, July 31, 2012
Islamabad, July 31 (ANI): Pakistan's Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) has decided to contact Interpol to issue red warrants for British tabloid The Sun's agent Ali Asad, declaring him the main accused in the London Olympics 'visa scam'.
According to The Express Tribune, the FIA has also written to The Sun to seek assistance in the investigation of the case.
The letter said, The aforesaid report and video prepared by The Sun in this regard do not match facts as unearthed by us, hence, we would like to have some substantial and concrete evidence from you in support of the above.
The letter further said that the allegations leveled in The Sun's story are of very serious nature and need concrete evidence to prove the scam.
The UK-based tabloid had claimed that Lahore-based politician Abid Chaudhry was involved in a scam allowing Pakistani nationals into England under the garb of participants and officials accompanying the Pakistani Olympics delegation. The tabloid used Asad as an agent who managed to get a Pakistani passport allegedly on someone else's particulars.
Chaudhry, recording his statement before the FIA, rubbished all the claims and alleged that the video secretly recorded by Asad was a planned drama.
Earlier, Interior Minister Rehman Malik had also said the story was part of a conspiracy to malign Pakistan. He had also said that the government would ask the UK government to deport Asad so he can be tried in Pakistan. (ANI)