Four Pakistan police officials have been charged with corruption and were suspended after cricketer Sohaib Maqsood revealed that he was asked to give a bribe during a recent road trip.
The right-handed batsman took to social media platform X to reveal the incident. The Pakistan batter stated that he was stopped by the police officials without any valid reason while he was driving from Karachi to Multan. The incident took place near Sakrand, according to the batsman.
The out-of-favour Pakistan batter was traveling to Multan to participate in a T20 game. He also revealed that the cops misbehaved with him while demanding bribes. Sohaib Maqsood stated that the cops also threatened to take him to the police station if he did not pay the bribe.
He was forced to pay 8000 Pakistani rupees to the corrupt cops as he wrote: “We are so lucky that we live In Punjab not in Sindh first time in my life I am travelling from Karachi to Multan by Road and sindh police is so corrupt that they stop you after 50 km and ask for money or they threat you to go to the police station for no reason if you give them money then they will stop you again after 50 km and ask for money again corruption at it’s peak in sindh police.
“We told them that we are international cricketers travelling to multan after our match in Karachi they still took 8000 thousand rupees and then let us go it will, added Sohaib Maqsood.
money then they will stop you again after 50 km and ask for money again corruption at it’s peak in sindh police ??
We told them that we are international cricketers travelling to multan after our match in Karachi they still took 8000 thousand rupees and then let us go it will
— Sohaib Maqsood (@sohaibcricketer) November 27, 2023
Sindh police take action after Sohaib Maqsood’s complaint:
Soon after Sohaib Maqsood’s post on X, the Sindh Police launched an investigation and arrested at least four police officers, according to Pakistani media. Two other officials have been suspended too.
“These officers were on patrol along a Sakrand road when the incident took place. They have confessed to charging cricketer Sohaib Maqsood Rs 3,000 as a fine for using a fancy number plate and beam lights,” Sindh’s Deputy Inspector General of Police, Pervaiz Chandio said while speaking to Dawn.
36-year-old Sohaib Maqsood made his debut for Pakistan in 2013 and represented them in ODIs and T20Is. His last appearance for Pakistan in both formats came in 2021. The middle-order batsman played 29 ODIs and 26 T20Is for Pakistan, scoring over 1000 runs with the help of five half-centuries.