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Visa scam: The Sun ready to face lawsuit

- July 25, 2012 - Updated 2149 PKT - From Web Edition

LONDON: Reacting to Pakistan's decision to take legal action against 'The Sun', the British newspaper has said that it would stick to its claims about a Pakistani scam involving issuance of visas for London Olympics in exchange for one million rupees ($10,000).


The newspaper maintained it was in possession of solid evidence to support the claims it made in its investigative report published recently and that it would face the lawsuit if filed against it by Pakistan.


It said there was a threat of terrorists entering the UK, so the newspaper decided to carry the said report in the citizens' interest.


Pakistan's Federal Cabinet that met here today with Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf in the chair decided to take legal action against British newspaper ‘The Sun’.


"The cabinet ordered the NADRA (the National Database Registration Authority) to file a defamation suit (against the paper) after consulting the law ministry," the Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira told reporters after the Cabinet meeting.


The Sun tabloid said it had busted a racket involving a politician in Lahore that could have given access to the London Games as part of the Pakistani contingent in return for one million rupees ($10,000).


The Sun said its undercover reporter was offered the chance to go to the Olympics posing as an official member of the Pakistani contingent on a two-month visa.


Pakistan's Olympic chef de mission Aqil Shah also dismissed the Sun's claims earlier this week.


Pakistan's 39-strong delegation -- minus Shah -- is already in London and consists of 23 athletes and 16 officials.

Reader Comments
I'm on pins and needles to read Pakistan has filed a law suit against the Sun. I'd dare to say this is all gas from Pakistan side. They will never file any law suit because they know the reality.

ishtiaq nasim
File a lawsuit for what? I don't think anyone is surprised to read this news. In a country where we have the most corrupted citizens as well as officials in government, these things are normal.

Ek Pakistani
Pakistan is sending a very small delegation and chances of illegal activity is as such remote,Pakistan has been accused of such activity before and if the Pakistan government is sure that no illegal activity took place then they should sue the Sun but if they are wrong then the Sun can counter sue the Pakistan government.

who needs to defame Pakistan when we are actually involved in this kind of corruption. I would be highly surprised if this was not reality with the way things are. We elect and support corrupt folks so what else would we get in return.

I won't be surprised if this is happening in real. And the fact that this is happening under the nose of a politician, makes it more realistic.Lets file the law suit

Dr. Sameer Waheed
Can someone please explain what the 16 officials are doing there. I can understand few officials, but when the whole country is facing blackouts..why not focus resources some where else???

How can one expect others to respect Pakistan as a country when its own morally corrupt and dubious political leadership has signed the dodgy deals and still ripping off the national resources while ruining the economy.

Pro Pakistan
THE SUN newspaper will not take any risk unless there is lot to evidence. The simple point is this why authorities suspended 7 officers of Nadra and 6 officers of Passport Office. These sacked employees with their ever sharing partners could have organized something to cover up.Fake passports and visas has always been flourishing business in Pakistan. why not this time?

Hashim Karim
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