The row over Pakistani cricket players spot fixing for money has taken an ugly turn as the country's ambassador to Britain, High Commissioner Wajid Shamsul Hasan, waded in with an allegation that the British police (aided by News of the World reporters) framed the cricket players and he called on Pakistanis to start a holy war against Britain.
Ayatollah Hasan said that the cricket players had denied any wrongdoing and that was good enough for him. "I believe that News of the World reporters, aided by the British police, have deliberately spent hundreds of hours doctoring the video tape to make it look as though the bookie was taking money. I believe that instead of saying 'That will cost you £150,000', he probably said 'God is great, I would never take a bribe'. I believe that the British dogs edited the lip sync to serve their fiendish fiction."
Asked what possible motive the British police might have to do such a thing, he replied "Everyone knows that the British hate Pakistan. That is why they gave so little to help our flood relief."
Hasan also accused Britain of funding "Sunday schools", where young British men and women are taught an evil doctrine known as Christianity, and are then sent to Muslim countries armed with bibles and aid packages, to cause mayhem.
He ended, ominously, with a call for Pakistanis to declare jihad (holy war) on Britain and to bomb airports and railway stations.