The session court’s order to file a harassment case against Pakistan’s national cricket team captain, Babar Azam, has been revoked by the Lahore High Court (LHC). The order came during a proceeding at the high court today of a petition filed by Babar Azam’s lawyer, Barrister Haris Azmat. 

On Thursday, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) was ordered by the sessions and district courts in Lahore to file suit against the national captain on harassment and blackmail charges. The decision was made in response to a petition filed by Hamiza Mukhtar, a woman who had previously accused Babar Azam of fornication with her consent in exchange for a promise of marrying. 

Hamiza testified at trial that she has been getting threats from unknown phone numbers. Following an investigation, the FIA discovered that one of the numbers was registered to Babar Azam and a woman named Salema bibi.  Babar’s lawyer argued during today’s hearing that the court’s ruling violated the cricketer’s basic human rights because it was released in his absence. 

“Before filing the case, the trial court did not hear Babar Azam’s side of the story. Babar Azam, the petitioner, is innocent and expects justice from the court.” 

Plaintiff Mukhtar was called by the court and asked to present her case either personally or through her lawyer. The court also asked for a response from the FIA cybercrime division in 2 weeks. 

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