Akmal released from police custody

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Akmal has to appear at the Magistrates’ court on Monday

Pakistan wicketkeeper-batsman Umar Akmal has been released from police custody just a day after he was arrested for a traffic violation and assaulting a traffic warden.

Akmal was released on bail, but will still have to appear at the Magistrates’ court on Monday.

“He has just been released on personal surety by the station house officer of the Gulberg PS but will have to appear before the Magistrate on Monday to get his bail confirmed until the cases are heard against him,” senior superintendent Zahid Aziz said.

Kamran Akmal was livid about the way the police had treated his younger brother, and said: “We are not terrorists and we know and respect the law of the land but this is not the way to treat a Pakistan player like an ordinary criminal for a incident which has been blown out of proportion.”

Akmal’s father, Muhammad, was also fuming about the fact that the police had not allowed him to see his son.

“They purposefully delayed taking him to the court so that he couldn’t get bail and now he has to spend time in lock up,” he said. “We are trying to find a solution but this is a unfortunate incident.”

Aziz stated that Akmal had been charged with three different offences, but added that all of them were bailable.

“They carry a prison term of three months to two years and fine but he can be bailed out,” Aziz said. “We filed the case because he committed a serious offence.

“It is a very serious offence to assault an officer on duty and tear his uniform and obstruct him from doing his duty.”

However, Akmal claims that the traffic warden had used inappropriate language and even slapped him.

“The language used by the police officer was not appropriate and he had no right to talk to me like that and he also slapped me,” he said. “The place where the incident took place has CCTV cameras all around and I would ask the authorities to just look at the footage and than decide whether I have done any wrong.

“I went to the police station to get a case registered but instead they arrested me.”

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