Dennis, Australian sports journalist, who was in Pakistan covering Pakistan Super League, complains a security officer at Lahore Airport defrauded him while he was returning to Australia.
In his video message, he recounted an incident where a security officer wrung out money from him while he was going through the immigration process at the airport.
The Chief Operating Officer of Lahore Airport has taken a "notice" on this video by @DennisCricket_, statement says have called for the CCTV footage from 8th March and will inquire in to the allegation, adds "will take strict action if anybody is found guilty". https://t.co/9WlxJKI2Ub
— Anas Mallick (@AnasMallick) March 11, 2020
At the beginning of his video, he said he wants to share his story of corruption at Lahore Airport in Pakistan. He added that this a bad side of Pakistan that everyone is aware of and that no country is perfect.
He said that a man approached him and said there is a business class queue. He though the man facilitated him because he had a business class ticket. He assumed the airport had a separate queue for business class passengers which is normal at other airports, but that turned out to be a scam.
He said he instantly cleared the immigration process in that line. Then one of the men carried his luggage and accompanied him to the lounge. He assumed it was the security officer’s goodwill towards him.
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Dennis added that the man had him seated in the lounge and then asked for money. He said he does not have money. The man aggressively forced him to give him money and that any foreign currency would go like the US or Australian dollar.
He said he had only Rs.350 in his wallet which he gave to the man. Dennis said he gave the remaining amount in his wallet to the man. The journalist said he regrets giving him the money and instead he would have reported the concerned anti-corruption department.
Soon after his video, the Chief Operating Officer took the notice of the issue and said the man would be identified with the help of CCTV cameras. As per the latest reports, the man who defrauded Dennis has been arrested.
Dennis, however, expressed love for Pakistan and social media users who apologized to him on behalf of the corrupt security officer. In his latest tweet, he said soon this evil will be weeded out from the country.