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.