Babar Azam challenges decision to register case against him in Lahore High Court

Babar Azam challenges the decision against him in LHC
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Pakistan cricket team’s captain Babar Azam has approached Lahore High Court against an order issued by a district and sessions court in which it had directed Federal Investigation Agency to register a case against him and two ladies for allegedly harassing, blackmailing and threatening a woman named Hamiza Mukhtar.

Babar in his petition made respondents Hamiza Mukhtar, SHO FIA’s Cyber Crime Circle and the judge of the district court who has ordered FIA to register FIR against him. The petition argued that Babar Azam is an international cricketer and also the captain of the national team for all the three formats. It also contended that the order passed by the sessions court was unreasoned, non-speaking order.

“The direction to lodge and FIR without application of judicial mind is against the dictates of the law. Further, the impugned order does not even consider the fact that no cognizable offence is made out and the instant complaint is the third complaint filed in an attempt to blackmail, harass and intimidate the petitioner to pay extortion money.”

It also said that the Justice of Peace is not bound to issue the directions to police in each case, to record the statement of the complainant. Earlier this year, the Lahore High Court had suspended the operation of an order which was passed by a sessions court to Naseerabad police to register a case against Azam on the complaint of Hamiza Mukhtar.

Hamiza Mukhtar previously accused Babar Azam of maintaining sexual relations and also making false promises of marriage. She also alleged that she was pregnant in 2015 with Babar’s baby but she was forced to go through an abortion. Babar Azam on the other hand has declined all the allegations made by Hamiza Mukhtar.

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