Pakistan news February 1, 2014

Umar Akmal charged for run-in with police

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Josh 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.


  • Dummy4 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

  • Umair 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...

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Amjad 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.

  • Rashid 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.

  • mohammad 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.

  • Dummy4 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

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