New developments over Pakistani skipper Babar Azam sexual harassment scandal
The allegations on Babar Azam by her old neighbor, Hamiza Mukhtar, have sent shockwaves down the spine of the Pakistan Cricket Board. The newly appointed captain of all three formats has been accused of torture, sexual abuse, and eloping with her former schoolmate.
The allegations were made by Hamiza herself in a press conference on Saturday in Lahore. She said that Babar had promised to marry her 10 years ago. After the refusal of their families, they eloped and Babar had promised to marry her in court. But after being named the captain of the national side, he refused to marry her. ------------------------------
She also presented proof of their relationship by revealing their WhatsApp messages and presenting documents of their visits to hospitals.
Let’s have a look at the allegations that have been made against the 26-year old and see if they hold true or not.
Hamiza said that Babar eloped with her in 2011 and wanted to marry in court. In 2011, Babar was 16 years old and according to Pakistani law, a person must be at least 18-years-old to marry in court. The National Identity Card is a must to marry in court.
According to Hamiza, she bore all expenses of Babar Azam from 2010 up until 2014, by working and later opening her own salon. Babar Azam was part of the Under-19 Pakistan team in 2009/10, he later went onto captain the side in the 2012 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup. In 2010, he was employed by Zarai Taraqiati Bank Ltd. and played cricket for the departmental side. He went onto represent State Bank of Pakistan in 2014 and Sui Northern Gas Corp. in 2015.
Questions can be raised about the credibility of her statement that she supported Babar financially during the early part of his career due to the fact that Babar was already employed by the departments and was captaining the Under-19 side. ------------------------------
She stated that Babar hadn’t entered the cricketing set up in Pakistan at this moment in time, which is certainly untrue.
To prove that the two were in a relationship, Hamiza presented a picture of herself and Babar Azam together. Many people have raised the credibility of the picture as it looks photoshopped.
Have a look at the picture below and judge for yourselves:
She also presented Whatsapp messages exchanged between the two as proof.
She shared pictures of hospital documents of their visits in 2016 as well.