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Suspect apprehended in Wasim Akram shooting incident

Updated August 08, 2015

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The legendary cricketer will continue to supervise the camp for fast bowlers at the National Stadium. - AFP/File
The legendary cricketer will continue to supervise the camp for fast bowlers at the National Stadium. - AFP/File

KARACHI: Police on Friday claimed to have detained one suspect allegedly involved in the shooting incident involving the former captain of Pakistan cricket team, Wasim Akram.

“The police have detained one suspect after raid on his home in Quaidabad’s Daud Chowrangi locality,” said DIG Karachi-East Zone, Munir Ahmed Shaikh.

He added that the arrested suspect is the driver of the vehicle which hit the legendary player’s car on the busy road of Karsaz area on Wednesday afternoon, resulting in the exchange of harsh words which led to the reported shooting.

The shooting incident took place after a minor accident when the shooter's car hit Wasim's Mercedes. When he asked the driver to pull over, a heated discussion took place and after stepping out of his vehicle, the suspect sitting in the back of the car opened fire.

Read: Bullet hits Wasim Akram's car after traffic accident spat

The fast bowler remained unhurt and the shooter hastily fled the scene when a crowd began to gather.

In his initial probe, the suspect told investigators that after the accident, a short exchange of heated words took place, followed by gunshot fired at Akram’s vehicle.

The DIG East said that the main suspect who opened fire has been identified, but the police official was reluctant to reveal his name to media at this time.

He hoped that the main culprit would be arrested soon.

Wasim Akram is reported to continue with his hunt for premium fast bowlers in the country.

“Wasim Akram is in trauma but all right. He is staying in Karachi and will continue supervising the camp for fast bowlers at the National Stadium,” a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) spokesperson said.