ISLAMABAD: The Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) has decided to contact Interpol to issue red warrants for The Sun’s agent Ali Asad, declaring him the main accused in the UK travel scam, according to a report by DawnNews.
The FIA has also written a letter to The Sun to seek assistance with 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 a very serious nature and need concrete evidence to prove the scam.
The UK-based tabloid The Sun 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 on Saturday, rubbished all the claims and said that the video secretly recorded by Asad was a “planned drama”.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik had also denied in a press conference that the story was real and said that it was part of a conspiracy to malign Pakistan. He had also said that the government will ask the UK government to deport Asad so he can be tried in Pakistan.