FIA directed to file case against Pakistan skipper Babar Azam

March 31, 2021 6:47 pm by Web Desk

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Hamiza Mukhtar (L) and Pakistani captain Babar Azam. — File photo

Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) will file a case against Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam after a Lahore court on Thursday directed it to take action on  harassment allegations against the cricketer.

The FIA presented its report regarding the case in the Lahore Session Court filed by a woman named Hamiza Mukhtar.

As per the report, Mukhtar alleged that the skipper had blackmailed and threatened her, after which Azam was summoned. However, instead of the cricketer, his brother, Faisal Azam, appeared before the FIA.

The captain had sought time to reply, but he has not responded and neither has he recorded his statement with the FIA, the report said, adding: “It appears that he is guilty.”

Following the submission of the report, the additional session judge directed FIA to launch a complaint against Azam and take action against him in line with the law.

In January, the Lahore High Court (LHC) had suspended a session court order directing the police to register a case against Azam on a complaint.

Last year in November, Mukhtar, hailing from Lahore, levelled violence and sexual abuse allegations against Azam. “When I asked him to marry me, he tortured me,” she had said.

Responding to the court’s orders, Azam’s lawyer, Barrister Haris Azmat, contested that the court’s order was against the cricketer’s basic human rights as it was issued in his absence.

“The LHC has already restrained police to file a case [against Azam],” Haris Azmat said, adding the orders were issued without serving a prior notice.

The lawyer said the orders were “against the law” and an answer would be submitted to the judiciary in this regard very soon.

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