I~~ve committed no crime, crows deported Asif

Published: Friday, June 20, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Lahore: Pakistan fast bowler Muhammad Asif, who returned home after a 20-day detention in Dubai on the charge of possessing hashish, has claimed that no illegal drug was seized from his possession and that all the tests conducted on him turned out negative.

He also thanked the officials of the PCB for supporting him at this juncture.

"No illegal import was found from my custody and all of my medical tests had resulted negative in this connection, talking to media at Lahore airport he justified. I am grateful to Allah on getting back to homeland. The PCB chief Naseem Ashraf and Pakistan Embassy officials cooperated with me at their best," The News quoted him as saying.

The Dubai Airport officials found a medicine, which they took for contrabands, he said and added "however, all tests have reverberated me innocent and I have no charges with me now."

Asif returned to Lahore airport through Karachi this morning, where he was received by PCB officials Nadeem Akram and Ahsan Hameed

The 25-year-old fast bowler was held at Dubai airport on June 1 while returning home from in India, and charged with possessing a small amount of opium. The pacer tried to avoid the large number of media waiting for him out side Jinnah terminal and opted not to come out of the lounge.

According to eye witnesses, as soon Asif cleared the immigration counter, he was taken to customs office and later he was seen resting in VIP lounge of PIA in domestic departure area.

Earlier, the PCB welcomed the decision to drop the case, saying that it is relieved that Asif"s ordeal was over.


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