Pakistan news February 1, 2014

Umar Akmal charged for run-in with police

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Umar Akmal charged with assaulting police officer

Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal has been charged by Gulberg police in Lahore for allegedly misbehaving with a warden after committing a traffic violation. He has been booked under Section 186, 279 and 353 of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Akmal was arrested and an FIR was registered for "obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions, rash driving or riding on a public way and assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty". He was released on "surety" bail after 12 hours in police detention but will have to appear before the Magistrate's Court.

Police said the 23-year-old Akmal did not stop at a traffic signal in the commercial Firdous market area in Lahore, and later engaged in a scuffle with a traffic warden.

Zahid Nawaz, the Assistant Superintendent of Police in Gulberg, briefed reporters about the incident. "Three wardens tried to stop him after he violated a traffic signal but he did not. And when he finally stopped, he scuffled with a warden and tore his uniform. Umar is under arrest and a case has been filed against him."

Akmal is charged on three bailable counts and faces a case which could lead up to a big fine or six months in prison. He denied the charges.

"The warden hit me on my face and you can see the wounds," he said. "I myself came to the police station with a request to control the wardens who misbehave with people and police have instead registered a case against me."

Nawaz denied the claims, saying: "I have done the inquiry and no such thing happened." ESPNcricinfo learned that the police asked Umar to apologise for the incident, but after the batsman refused, an FIR was lodged.

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  • POSTED BY TheKeeper on | February 3, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    Assaulting an officer of the law = 6months in jail. Whatever the case Akmal should be punished for his disrespect of a public servant.

  • POSTED BY on | February 3, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    Wow, so many judgements from everyone. I mean before we judge him, do we know story from each side??? Surely he just didnt get out of the car and assulat the office. Something must have been said or done that before that. anyways, if he is guilty, he shd be punished.

  • POSTED BY on | February 3, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    This continues at all levels in our society, every man thinks that he is above the law, and lets not forget the police officers are not angels either. A Cricket Star has a greater responsibility than a common citizen because he does carry the burden of the countries reputation with him.

    Zain

  • POSTED BY on | February 3, 2014, 3:59 GMT

    a person above or equal talent like kholi,he needs to focus on cricke and humble himself and abide the rules, a fan of umar akmal from indian born us citizen

  • POSTED BY cornered_again on | February 2, 2014, 22:38 GMT

    @getsetgopk careful who you talk about.. HE IS THE REAL DEAL....HE is one our few batsman who can bat his natural game under pressure.. and mind you he has taken a good enough start to his career. If he sent at 3 or 4 to bat he will become a world leading batsman..The problem is that we play him as a pinch hitter...but he is a genuine batsman...

  • POSTED BY on | February 2, 2014, 21:50 GMT

    Good thing happened. Law rules & Law would like detention of Kamran too for leaving numerous catches in sydney test.

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | February 2, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    A small time batsman involved in a small time altercation, nothing more to it. Backing up his on field temperament off of it.

  • POSTED BY rashidm_khan on | February 2, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    We cannot really fault Umar Akmal, it is so unfortunate that all those who matter in our country think themselves to be above the law. Umar has just followed them. Rules and law is only applied on have nots.

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | February 2, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    I do not know who is right and who is wrong, but this young fellow got too much media attention right after his cricket career and spoiled his bright future,with big contribution from his brother Kamran, the politician cricketer. Now Umar's action will get more media attention. I hope he understands that he needs to focus on cricket, not car driving. Amir another talent had to go for poor attitude. Sad but true.

  • POSTED BY on | February 2, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    This is a good lesson for Umar Akmal I hope he learns from this ..........A job well done by the Traffic Wardens

  • POSTED BY TheKeeper on | February 3, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    Assaulting an officer of the law = 6months in jail. Whatever the case Akmal should be punished for his disrespect of a public servant.

  • POSTED BY on | February 3, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    Wow, so many judgements from everyone. I mean before we judge him, do we know story from each side??? Surely he just didnt get out of the car and assulat the office. Something must have been said or done that before that. anyways, if he is guilty, he shd be punished.

  • POSTED BY on | February 3, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    This continues at all levels in our society, every man thinks that he is above the law, and lets not forget the police officers are not angels either. A Cricket Star has a greater responsibility than a common citizen because he does carry the burden of the countries reputation with him.

    Zain

  • POSTED BY on | February 3, 2014, 3:59 GMT

    a person above or equal talent like kholi,he needs to focus on cricke and humble himself and abide the rules, a fan of umar akmal from indian born us citizen

  • POSTED BY cornered_again on | February 2, 2014, 22:38 GMT

    @getsetgopk careful who you talk about.. HE IS THE REAL DEAL....HE is one our few batsman who can bat his natural game under pressure.. and mind you he has taken a good enough start to his career. If he sent at 3 or 4 to bat he will become a world leading batsman..The problem is that we play him as a pinch hitter...but he is a genuine batsman...

  • POSTED BY on | February 2, 2014, 21:50 GMT

    Good thing happened. Law rules & Law would like detention of Kamran too for leaving numerous catches in sydney test.

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | February 2, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    A small time batsman involved in a small time altercation, nothing more to it. Backing up his on field temperament off of it.

  • POSTED BY rashidm_khan on | February 2, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    We cannot really fault Umar Akmal, it is so unfortunate that all those who matter in our country think themselves to be above the law. Umar has just followed them. Rules and law is only applied on have nots.

  • POSTED BY dmqi on | February 2, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    I do not know who is right and who is wrong, but this young fellow got too much media attention right after his cricket career and spoiled his bright future,with big contribution from his brother Kamran, the politician cricketer. Now Umar's action will get more media attention. I hope he understands that he needs to focus on cricket, not car driving. Amir another talent had to go for poor attitude. Sad but true.

  • POSTED BY on | February 2, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    This is a good lesson for Umar Akmal I hope he learns from this ..........A job well done by the Traffic Wardens

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 2, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    police has done a good job. akmal should not drown so much in his fame.

  • POSTED BY Cricket_Man on | February 2, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    Well done Lahore police. Nobody is above the law. This should be a good lesson for Umar Akmal. Hopefully he learns from this and becomes more disciplined.

  • POSTED BY on | February 2, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    Nobody is above the law. its infact a good news

  • POSTED BY cric_roch on | February 2, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    why this is a news...he is also a human being..some police men are trying to become famous..

  • POSTED BY on | February 2, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    The police did the right thing as nobody is above the law. He deserved to be punished to give a good lesson to him and to all those who break any law. In fact he is supposed to follow the rules strictly being the so called role model for others. Punishing the so called celebrities is a good step forward for creating a good culture.

  • POSTED BY cricketanyday on | February 2, 2014, 10:57 GMT

    Umar...This is simply not Cricket !!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 2, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    Look all of those people judging and making final decisions.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 2, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    Learn from people like Dravid.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 2, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    Thanks Umar for doing your best to improve Pakistan's reputation.

    There are legends who are extremely humble and down to ground while there are players who are not even a true stars yet but ...

    Really unfortunate for a team and for a nation :(

  • POSTED BY bouncer709 on | February 2, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    This happens when people think they are super start and above the law.... Good job by the Traffic wardens.

  • POSTED BY Aasi_786 on | February 2, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    Good Job by the police, Rules for all no matter who is he should follow the law.

  • POSTED BY on | February 2, 2014, 5:26 GMT

    the officers did their duty, but Akmal thought he is a super stat, which obviously he is not, and he can do whatever he wants, nobody should stop him, he should be punish, so he is careful in the future.

  • POSTED BY on | February 2, 2014, 2:00 GMT

    Wardens done by her duty, Well done

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 1, 2014, 23:46 GMT

    well this is a very good example for those who break the rules.everyone should obey the law doesn't matter who he is.if umer did anything wrong he should face the consequences.

  • POSTED BY PakWinWorldCupxXx on | February 1, 2014, 22:56 GMT

    See thats where the problem is, maybe umar akmall crossed the light because he was in hurry or had an emergency, millions of people in Pakistan don't care about traffic rules, Thousands of people cross the traffic signal when its red, thousands of people change lanes and make zig zag turns on Pakistan roads. It is good that Umar Akmal got caught. Whoever it is, rules are same. And he will learn from his mistake, but seriously? I would love Pakistan police if they catch all these million people violating everyday! But I don't see that much happening. It is like Police is barely there when people violate....... ;)

  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2014, 22:21 GMT

    Umar Akmal needs to watch Karachi Kops , they do things differently in Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2014, 21:41 GMT

    Make an example out of it!

  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2014, 21:41 GMT

    Good Job Police. No one should be above the law

  • POSTED BY FSL2013 on | February 1, 2014, 20:54 GMT

    Law is law. You have to follow it no matter who you are. I definitely see opportunity for Sarfraz to make his mark in ODIs and T20.

  • POSTED BY AndyZaltzmannsHair on | February 1, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    If Umar Akmal is not let go. Then I'm sending Shahid Afridi and his boys to rescue Umar. Hang on in there Umar, Afridi's coming to mount a rescue operation.

  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    Traffic wardens in lahore do not misbehave until the person they are dealing with misbehaves. Umar Akmal has that aura of an arrogant and selfish celebrity which is exactly the thing that has downgraded a potential legend into a wicket-keeper batsman.

  • POSTED BY Musafir366 on | February 1, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    @misbhpak

    what a stupid remark. what do you mean if he is national hero, which of course he is not, does it means that special prevaliage should be given to that stupid person when he did some thing wrong. Trafic police never caught people with out cause.

    again well done Traffic police

  • POSTED BY t20cric on | February 1, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    Umar Akmal did something stupid but I don't get what all of this has to do with his batting ability. He is much better in batting & slightly better in wicket keeping then his brothers. He is a good batsman who is often misused in the team but he does stupid things like this.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 1, 2014, 17:13 GMT

    While this is a very shameful act by Umar Akmal, I see a lot of people commenting on his ability as a player. He is a true class act and while he faces some temperament issues, he is a very talented cricketer. I still believe that the PCB should call for an apology to both the police department as well as the public.

  • POSTED BY Code_Jamer on | February 1, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    Appreciate the stringent action by Lahore police.

  • POSTED BY misbhpak on | February 1, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    i guess there must be misunderstanding between akmal & police .akmal is natioanl cricketer player . police should also listen his arguments .

  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    Nobody is above law. Instances of Umar Akmal's arrogance have been seen before, so its no surprise that nobody is willing to believe his version of the story. Well done Lahore Police! He is nothing but an over hyped cricketer any way.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | February 1, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    Well done Lahore police. Shame to umer akmal!

  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    well well done by polices

  • POSTED BY SuhailUK on | February 1, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    PCB should have some code of conducts to punish these kind of players (like suspension to represent Pakistan for a limited period) - Akmal should have to apology for his behaviour not only from police but also from public

  • POSTED BY LoveLanka on | February 1, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    @harrdstone : Can the complain by Umar has happened as well? there is no doubt that anything can happen with PAK team just like what happened in Sharjah against SL (LOL)... but is it same with PAK police.. anything can happen?

  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    he is not a special talent nor a model cricketer, Just over-hyped illiterate kid. who is forcefully selected by incompetent cricket selectors.

  • POSTED BY umairasgharbutt on | February 1, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    well well well learn to obey rules whoever you are !

  • POSTED BY harrdstone on | February 1, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    The new traffic police force of Lahore is very strict and disciplined. The traffic wardens are new and highly, educated working on special pay packages. I think Umar Akmal has been caught wrong footed and out of crease.He will have to render some sort of apology to Traffic police to get cleared. The cricketers are national heroes and they should work as role models to young generation with their exemplary behavior.

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  • POSTED BY harrdstone on | February 1, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    The new traffic police force of Lahore is very strict and disciplined. The traffic wardens are new and highly, educated working on special pay packages. I think Umar Akmal has been caught wrong footed and out of crease.He will have to render some sort of apology to Traffic police to get cleared. The cricketers are national heroes and they should work as role models to young generation with their exemplary behavior.

  • POSTED BY umairasgharbutt on | February 1, 2014, 12:28 GMT

    well well well learn to obey rules whoever you are !

  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    he is not a special talent nor a model cricketer, Just over-hyped illiterate kid. who is forcefully selected by incompetent cricket selectors.

  • POSTED BY LoveLanka on | February 1, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    @harrdstone : Can the complain by Umar has happened as well? there is no doubt that anything can happen with PAK team just like what happened in Sharjah against SL (LOL)... but is it same with PAK police.. anything can happen?

  • POSTED BY SuhailUK on | February 1, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    PCB should have some code of conducts to punish these kind of players (like suspension to represent Pakistan for a limited period) - Akmal should have to apology for his behaviour not only from police but also from public

  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    well well done by polices

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | February 1, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    Well done Lahore police. Shame to umer akmal!

  • POSTED BY on | February 1, 2014, 16:34 GMT

    Nobody is above law. Instances of Umar Akmal's arrogance have been seen before, so its no surprise that nobody is willing to believe his version of the story. Well done Lahore Police! He is nothing but an over hyped cricketer any way.

  • POSTED BY misbhpak on | February 1, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    i guess there must be misunderstanding between akmal & police .akmal is natioanl cricketer player . police should also listen his arguments .

  • POSTED BY Code_Jamer on | February 1, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    Appreciate the stringent action by Lahore police.