ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that a case will be registered against The Sun’s agent Ali Asad for ‘misdeclaring’ the facts. He was speaking to the media in Islamabad on Saturday.
Malik claimed that Asad had a Pakistani passport earlier and was a dual national too, but did not state it in his form. “He manipulated the true story to bring a bad name to Pakistan,” alleged Malik adding that he has ordered the director general of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to register a case against Asad and will also ask for his deportation from the UK.
“We will give our report to the cabinet as well. We will also lodge our complaint.”
The interior minister further claimed that The Sun’s story was part of a conspiracy against Pakistan. “He got a passport, but did he travel on it? No! Did he misuse it anywhere? No!” Malik declared. “Ali Asad has been involved in similar frauds in the past, and still is.”
Clarifying his order to the FIA to not arrest Lahore-based politician Abid Chaudhry allegedly involved in the visa scam, Malik said that he heard Chaudhry speaking to the media earlier during the day and got to know that his brother has passed away. “So, I said that it was not the right time for him to be arrested, but he should be given the option of getting his statement recorded. He is recording his statement with the FIA voluntarily right now.”
According to a statement released by the Interior Ministry, Malik has also ordered the FIA to gather all details in the scam and submit a report to the ministry by tonight.
Chaudhry was accused by The Sun for bypassing stringent security checks to smuggle people to London under the garb of Pakistani officials in exchange for a payment of Rs1 million.
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