Pak forms team to probe Olympic visa scam
The team includes officials from the National Database and Registration Authority, Inter-Services Intelligence, Intelligence Bureau and FIA. NADRA chief Tariq Malik confirmed to the media that the team had been formed and authorities would take strict action against those found to be involved in the scam. Senior officials of the Interior Ministry claimed it was impossible to make passports without an identity card issued by NADRA and other data.
The officials said a decision had been made to launch a large-scale investigation within NADRA and the passport office that the Sun newspaper of Britain had reported was involved in the scam. The Sun reported its journalist had infiltrated a criminal ring that offered false passports, visas and access to the 2012 London Olympics as "bogus support staff" of the Pakistani team.
The ring had its undercover reporter get a genuine Pakistani passport in a false name, the newspaper reported. The scam centred round the Lahore-based Dream Land travel agency and a politician named Abid Chodhary, who claimed he could get a two-month visa and smuggle a person into the Games as part of Pakistan`s Olympic squad for 7,000 pounds.