LAHORE: Pakistan captain Babar Azam and his family have been barred by a Lahore sessions court from harassing Hamiza Mukhtar, a woman who has alleged that she was abused by a cricketer.
Additional Sessions Judge Abid Raza heard Mukhtar’s plea. Earlier, the sessions court had sought comments from the police on the petition.
Mukhtar says that Babar raped her and made false promises of marriage. He had filed his case in the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Noman Muhammad Naeem.
Mukhtar had said in her petition that she had an illicit affair with Babar and she became pregnant. He said the athlete forced her to have an abortion after promising to marry her. The petitioner attached it to his medical documents as evidence.
The woman revealed that when she tried to register an FIR against the cricketer at the Naseerabad police station, Babar forced her to withdraw the application on the assurance of marriage.
But, after gaining fame in the sport, Babar refused to marry her. After that, the woman said that she contacted the concerned police station again but they refused to record her statement.
The issue first came to the attention of the media last week when Makatar made allegations of violence and sexual exploitation against Babar at a press conference in Lahore.
The newly-appointed all-format captain is currently in New Zealand for a three-match T20 and two-match Test series against the hosts and could not be reached for comment.
Samiul Hassan, director of media and communications for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), however, said it was Babar’s private affair and he could not comment.