Passport scam: FIA arrests 
four suspects

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Tuesday arrested four suspects in Lahore believed to have been involved in a fake passport scam allegedly carried out by a Lahore-based politician and other officials.

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Published: Wed 25 Jul 2012, 12:24 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 11:35 AM

The UK-based tabloid The Sun had claimed to have unearthed a scam on Monday, involving a “Lahore-based politician” and other officials, wherein Pakistani nationals were brought into England under the garb of participants and officials accompanying the Pakistani Olympics delegation for the summer 2012 games — set to start on Friday.

A case has been registered against the four men in FIA’s anti-woman trafficking circle. They will be investigated by the agency. One of the suspects is a National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) official, while the remaining three are passport agents.

Several raiding teams of the FIA have been constituted and further raids are expected.

A team of senior Nadra officials has also arrived in Lahore to facilitate the investigations.

According to an exclusive report of a sting operation published in The Sun, a journalist allegedly broke into “a crime ring offering false passports, visas — and access to London 2012 Olympics as bogus support staff.” The Sun had alleged that Lahore-based politician Abid Chaudhry offered its undercover reporter in Pakistan the chance to go to the Olympics posing as an official member of the Pakistani contingent on a two-month visa in return for a million rupees ($10,000).

The crime ring had been under investigation after the daily informed UK intelligence, MI6, the Home Office, the UK Border Agency and the British High Commission in Islamabad.

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