The controversy involving Pakistan captain, Babar Azam, and a Lahore-based woman, Hamiza Mukhtar continues. Earlier Hamiza has accused Babar that he had a relationship with her and retracted his promise of marriage later sexually exploiting her and using her money.
At a hearing of the sessions court in Lahore, on Wednesday, Babar’s legal counsel has accused Hamiza of blackmailing and demanding Rs 10 million to withdraw her allegations of sexual exploitation, fraud, and harassment.
The legal counsel believes that Hamiza delayed the trial so that she “could blackmail and harass” Babar Azam, who is presently in New Zealand. They revealed that Hamiza had initially demanded Rs 10 million to drop her case and then reduced her demand to Rs 2 million, but he insisted his client would “not pay a single paisa” as “all her allegations were baseless”.
“She is trying to defame and harass my client knowing he is a famous personality,” he told the court.
He also asked the sessions court judge to summon Hamiza’s lawyer and direct him to conclude his arguments in the case. The court later adjourned its hearing and issued orders to Hamiza’s lawyer to appear and read out his arguments.
Babar Azam ruled out of the first Test versus New Zealand
Pakistan has been jolted back with injuries ahead of their Test series against New Zealand which commences with the Boxing Day Test in Mount Maunganui. Captain, Babar Azam after being ruled out of the T20I series, will miss the first Test as well. The 26-year-old suffered a fracture to his right thumb while practicing in the nets before the T20Is.
Opener, Imamul-Haq also injured his left thumb during a net session. Wicket-keeper batsman, Mohammad Rizwan will lead the side in Babar’s absence.
The list of injuries keep piling up for the visitors as the leg-spinner, Shadab Khan will also miss the opening Test with a thigh injury. Shadab captained the men in green in the T20I series – which Pakistan lost by 2-1 – following which he was ruled out of the first Test. The left-arm spinner, Zafar Gohar, has been added to the squad as his replacement.