Pak FIA returns passports of Zulqarnain''s wife, children

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Lahore, Jan 31 (PTI) Pakistan''s Federal InvestigationAgency has returned the passports of runaway wicket-keeperZulqarnain Haider''s wife and children but refused to givereasons as to why they were stopped from boarding a flight toEngland, where the controversial cricketer has taken refuge.

"They have told us nothing. They just say they have gotorders not to let us travel to the United Kingdom even thoughwe have valid visas and travel documents," Zulqarnain''s wifeShazia told reporters after meeting FIA officials here.

Zulqarnain''s wife and two daughters were prevented fromboarding a flight to London early Saturday morning by FIAofficials at the Lahore airport and told to contact theBritish High Commission in Islamabad and the Pakistan CricketBoard.

Shazia said there appeared to be no legal reason forstopping them to travel to London.

"They have returned our passports and told us to contactthe British high commission in Islamabad which we will dotoday itself," she said.

Zulqarnain fled the Pakistan team hotel in Dubai in earlyNovember during a one-day series against South Africa claiminghe had got threats from a person who wanted him to fixmatches.

Zulqarnain landed in London, where he has sought asylumand has been granted a temporary residence permit by the homeauthorities till they decide on his application.

Some Pakistani television channels reported yesterdaythat the wicketkeeper had threatened to commit suicide if hisfamily was not allowed to join him.

Zulqarnain''s brother, showing the passports and visas ofthe cricketer''s family to the media, said people could only beprevented from travelling abroad if they were involved incriminal activities or were put on the exit control list.

"Neither of these things apply to Zulqarnain''s wife andchildren so why are they being stopped from going to London?The FIA officials have shown us nothing in writing from theBritish High Commission stating that his family should not beallowed to travel to London," he said.

"We will ask the British High Commission if they havegiven any instructions. But I definitely suspect somethingfishy," he added.

Shazia said the family didn''t have enough money to takelegal recourse against the "injustice".

Story first published: Monday, January 31, 2011, 15:00 [IST]
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