Pakistan's Babar Azam celebrates his century during the fourth One Day International (ODI) cricket match between England and Pakistan at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on May 17, 2019. (Photo by Lindsey PARNABY / AFP)

A woman in Lahore has filed a petition in district and sessions court against Babar Azam, captain of the Pakistani cricket team, on charges of sexual abuse.

The petitioner alleges that the cricket star had carried illicit relations with her with the promise of legitimizing them through marriage, but he “betrayed” her. In a press conference on Saturday, she claimed that she was Azam’s neighbor and school friend, and had helped him financially before his rise to cricket stardom. She stated that Azam had tricked her into a relationship, and later tortured her when confronted about marriage.

According to a statement by the petitioner’s lawyer during the press conference, a First Information Report (FIR) had been filed by the petitioner with the Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Lahore. However, no subsequent action was taken regarding the matter.

A hearing for this petition is scheduled in the sessions courts for 4th December.

Additionally, a hearing is scheduled on 5th December for a harassment petition against Babar Azam alongside his friends and family, who have been accused of threatening the petitioner against bringing this case to light.

Babar Azam is currently in New Zealand for a three-match T20I series and a two-match Test series. According to Jang, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)’s Director of Media and Communications refused to comment on the allegations, terming it a “personal matter.”


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