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Naked wrestling video featuring Ijaz surfaces

world Updated: Jan 20, 2012 02:40 IST

A scandal over a secret memo to Washington that could bring down the Pakistani president has taken a strange turn, with a music video surfacing featuring the chief accuser acting as a commentator for a naked female wrestling bout.

Opponents of Mansoor Ijaz, an American of Pakistani origin, said the clip damaged his credibility ahead of his scheduled appearance at a supreme court commission. The businessman has pledged to provide damning evidence that the Pakistani government sent the note seeking US help preventing a military coup in the aftermath of the US raid that Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011.

Others were simply amused at the latest twist in an affair that has transfixed the media and raised tensions between the government and the powerful military to dangerous levels.

It was unclear why the wrestling video, which was made in 2004 and has been viewed for years on the Internet, came to light only now. Ijaz’s role was apparently spotted by a blogger late Tuesday and spread quickly through social media.