ISLAMABAD - Huge controversy erupted Monday as Australian High Commissioner in Islamabad denied visas to Pakistani top squash players, as Australian HC claimed that a few squash players went missing in Australia in the past who were granted Australian visas.

When this scribe contacted Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) honorary secretary Group Captain Amir Nawaz in this regard, Amir replied: “We have received Australian HC letter in which they had given different reasons for not issuing visas to our top players including Nasir Iqbal, Farhan Zaman, Tayyab Aslam and Danish Atlas. Australian HC had mentioned some players used the PSF’s letter pad and went missing in Australia. We made it clear to them that we didn’t issue any letter to persons who went missing. It was a case of forgery and we have nothing to do with that. We will launch detailed inquiry into this matter and culprits will be unearthed.”

“There is still time left before the event starts in Australia and we are quite hopeful our players will be granted Australian visa,” he added.

He completely rubbished the rumour of PSF’s letter pad being misused from his office. “It is impossible and there can’t be any person within the federation who may involve in the entire issue. Let us conduct an inquiry, everything will be crystal clear,” Amir concluded.