LHC suspends court order in Babar Azam sexual harassment case

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LAHORE – The Lahore High Court has suspended the proceeding of session court’s order to lodge a case against Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam on harassment charges.

Last week, a sessions court has directed Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to file a case against Babar Azam on charges of blackmail and harassment.

Babar’s counsel, Haris Azmat told the court Monday that the earlier judgment had been passed without the court having heard the cricketer’s point of view on the matter. The LHC also issued notice to summon the petitioner, asking her to present her case herself or through her lawyer.

The session court’s order was passed on the petition of a woman named Hamiza Mukhtar, who alleged that the Pakistan captain had harassed and exploited her and that she was receiving threatening messages from different numbers, one of which was registered on the name of Muhammad Babar Azam, FIA revealed in a report.
The sessions court had subsequently directed the police to register a case and investigate Azam within the boundaries of the law, as it felt the allegations were disturbing and warranted a full investigation.

That case, too, had never been registered, as Azam’s legal team had managed to secure a stay order from the Lahore High Court, and the proceedings were adjourned as Azam was playing against South Africa first and then in the PSL, both requiring him to be inside a bio-secure bubble. He is presently preparing for a tour of Africa to play South Africa and Zimbabwe. Babar Azam, 26, has so far not commented on the matter.