Karachi/Dubai:Detained Pakistani pacer Mohammad Asif on Thursday appeared before the public prosecutor in Dubai, but he will have to wait until Sunday to know if he is going to be charged for possession of drugs.
After laboratory reports of the substance recovered from him was received by the authorities, Asif appeared before the public prosecutor and the issue has been deferred to Sunday, Shafqat Naghmi, Chief operating Officer of the Pakistan Cricket Board, told a news conference in Lahore.
Though Naghmi did not disclose the name of the substance recovered from Asif at the airport, a Dubai daily said it was hashish, while Pakistani television channels claimed it was opium.
"His medical reports have been received but we cannot disclose details about them," Naghmi told reporters. He said that only their lawyer in Dubai knew what the reports revealed.
"But now this issue has been deferred to Sunday and we are still trying our best to resolve this issue and get Asif back home," he said.
Naghmi said Asif told the board that authorities at the Dubai airport had recovered some medicines from him, which were given to him by a Hakeem for his elbow injury and to improve his health.
"That is what he has told us but we don't know the exact nature of these medicines he is talking about," Naghmi said.
He also denied that the board was using government and diplomatic channels to get Asif released from detention.
"That is not correct. We have hired a law firm, which is handling the issue. Our lawyer will meet with the prosecutor this evening for more details of the case," Naghmi said.