Four exonerated in passport scam enquiry


A judicial magistrate on Monday acquitted four accused in the passport scandal due to lack of evidence. The FIA picked the four accused four days ago and carried on interrogation Earlier, FIA produced the accused officials of Passport office and National Database & Registration Authority, including Asif, Wasif, Fahim and Ghafar before the magistrate after a two-day remand. FIA told the court that the accused were innocent, as no proof could be found against them. The court was informed that Muhammad Ali Asad was the culprit who attempted to defame Pakistan through fraudulent practices. FIA officials got their statements registered in the case diary. Judicial Magistrate Sohail Anjum, after hearing the arguments, acquitted four accused. The FIA passport cell had registered an FIR against unknown persons on the report of the UK tabloid, The Sun. The officials were allegedly involved in the process of issuing a computerised national identity card (CNIC) and a passport to an undercover journalist engaged by The Sun.


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