Whatsapp Number threatening Hamiza Mukhtar had received Threatening calls from belonged to Babar Azam, FIA officials told session court. (Source: Express Tribune)
An additional district and sessions judge directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Thursday to register an FIR against Pakistan cricket team captain Babar Azam and two women for allegedly blackmailing, posing threats to and harassing Hamiza Mukhtar.
Judge Hamid Hussain gave this order on Thursday after a hearing in Lahore on a petition filed by Hamiza who claimed that she had been getting threatening messages on her WhatsApp with dreadful consequences after she filed a case against the Pakistan captain.
At the hearing, the FIA officials informed the court that after inquiring about the complaint filed by Hamiza they found one of the numbers used to threaten her belonged to Babar.
A copy of the court order
Hamiza has alleged that she was constantly receiving “threatening messages” from different mobile numbers on WhatsApp and those unknown persons also used to “threaten and blackmail her that they have her objectionable pictures and videos and will upload them on social media in order to harm her repute in society and ruin her life.”
“The Honourable High Court in a connected case has already restrained the police from registering the FIR,” Azam’s legal counsel Barrister Haris Azmat said. “The instant order has been passed without issuing a notice to Babar in violation of his fundamental rights of fair trial as guaranteed in the constitution.”
Babar Azam spoke regarding Hamiza Mukhtar “the matter is in the Court & my lawyer is handling it, but my focus is on cricket. There’ll always be hurdles but that doesn’t mean I move my focus away from cricket. I always focus on cricket which is good for the side & myself”
The PCB has not commented on the matter.
Babar Azam has already been in hot waters after criticizing the the decisions of Selection Committee.