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A local court in Karachi on Tuesday issued arrest warrants against former star cricketer Wasim Akram, after he failed to appear before the court during last 31 hearings of a case, it has been learnt.

Akram himself had lodged the case in August last year at Bahadurabad police station against Maj (retd) Amirur Rehman and others.

The court issued bailable warrants against Akram and asked him to appear before the court on January 17.

On Aug 6, 2015, Akram's Mercedes was shot at on Karachi's Karsaz Road while the former cricketer was on his way to the National Stadium Karachi to conduct a training session for young bowlers.

The shooting incident took place after Akram got into a minor car accident.

Following the mishap the former cricket captain had asked the driver to pull over. A heated discussion had ensued and the suspect, who was sitting in the back seat, came out of the car and fired a shot which hit Akram's vehicle.

Later, after filing the case against him, Rehman had managed to get pre-arrest bail from the court. Subsequently, he also wrote a letter to the star cricketer, seeking pardon unconditionally.

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Falcon1 Jan 10, 2017 07:41pm

Let's see if he can go far with his Mercedes now!

Sheer arrogance of some people.. Just because you were a sports figure for the national team, doesn't equate to a Saint or make you above the law.

Philosopher(from japan) Jan 10, 2017 07:47pm

The outcome of ignorant behavior of a high class bowler. Let the justice be equal for all.

WAHEED Jan 10, 2017 08:45pm

He does not want anything to do with the case anymore.

Barrista abid Jan 10, 2017 08:54pm

Why would the court issues arrest warrant for the victim

Not again Jan 10, 2017 09:37pm

Poor behaviour by Wasim. He is wasting the courts precious time.

Murtaza Jan 10, 2017 10:09pm

He realized this inst Australia or Britain, this is Pakistan - better to pull out than show up for trial and create more problems for his own safety - sad but reality.

just Jan 10, 2017 10:12pm

@Barrista abid When was it decided that he is innocent? He failed to appear in the court.

Ashar Jan 10, 2017 10:18pm

@WAHEED ..then he should withdraw the case...not waste the court's time with hearings and not showing up for 31 hearings!! There are many other people who would love to use that time to have their cases heard which have been pending in the court for long periods.

Sadaat Jan 10, 2017 10:24pm

The rich and powerful don't care for the law here. It's the poors who care for the law.

AB Uzair Jan 10, 2017 10:52pm

If he no longer wanted to pursuit this case, he should have withdrawn the complaint. It went on for 31 hearings. A waste of public money..

Khan - NYC Jan 10, 2017 11:32pm

@Barrista abid Because he filed a case and then decided he's too important to show up to the hearings and wasted the court's time that could've been put to better use.

saqib ghumman Jan 10, 2017 11:38pm

still very confused statemwnt of facts?

Armughan Jan 10, 2017 11:36pm

He should have simply withdrawn the case.

Oz Jan 11, 2017 12:06am

There is no arrogance from Wasim, do you people even read the whole story ?

Wasim was the one who was shot at, not the other guys. Wasim has even given a television interview about this last year.

arsHAD, Canada Jan 11, 2017 04:16am

And we Pakistani complain that the court system does not work and everyone uses the phrase " Justice delayed,justice denied"

imp3 Jan 11, 2017 06:38am

@WAHEED ,if he is not interested then court should ask Wasim to pay all the cost of this proceedings.

Mushahid Jan 11, 2017 08:09am

From top to bottom...no one obeys the rule of law!

Muhammad Qurban Jan 11, 2017 08:30am

Wonder if any other person was ever allowed to be absent 31 times when required to appear before a court? Yet the constitution emphasises equality before law of all citizens.

naji Jan 12, 2017 11:40am

Arrest warrant after 31 hearing?

Salman Tarik Kureshi Jan 12, 2017 02:02pm

@just The question of Akram's innocence or guilt does not arise. He is the VICTIM of a criminal act of violence. A person who rides around with an armed bodyguard, and apparently considers shooting at someone to be acceptable behaviour, opened fire on Akram. Fortunately, the shot did not hit him.

Salman Ali Jan 12, 2017 03:29pm

News says all about Pakistani Courts. Warrants are issued only to capture the victim and accused is granted bail and set free , though video evidence against the accused exist which clearly shows him firing the shots. Still court is unable to give any verdict after two years of hearing.