US authorities book Pak scribe for child molestation

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Islamabad, Jul 30 (UNI) A veteran Pakistani journalist, Nayyar Zaidi, has been charged with attempted child molestation in the United States, local media said today.

While Zaidi insists that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has framed him, press reports published in Ohio newspapers, the state where he is in prison since March 20, said he was arrested in Jackson Township, Ohio, where he had travelled from Virginia to have sex with a 13-year-old girl.

Zaidi, whose real name is Syed Haider Karar Zaidi, has previously worked for the state-run Pakistan Television (PTV).

Zaidi claimed he had gone to Ohio to pursue his journalistic research on 'Obstruction of Justice', but had been framed.

He said he had been approached to work for the United States government and asked to become an informant by the FBI in 2003, which he refused.

Nayyar said he has a case against FBI/DOJ for 'Obstruction of Justice' and wanted only the 'due process of law' to happen.

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