Zulqarnain in UK police protective custody following ‘threatening calls from Pak’ claimsApril 21st, 2011 - 5:07 pm ICT by ANI
Islamabad, April 21(ANI): British police have taken former Pakistani wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haidar into protective custody following his claims of receiving two threatening telephone calls from Pakistan.
The now retired wicketkeeper had stunned one and all by fleeing the Pakistan team hotel in Dubai hours before the final one-day international against South Africa last year. After reaching London, he had claimed that he had got death threats from a person who wanted him to fix matches, and subsequently sought asylum in the United Kingdom.
Zulqarnain, however, voluntarily withdrew his application for asylum in Britain after the Pakistan government assured him and his family of “the highest level of security” in the country, and was supposed to return to Islamabad on April 25.
The wicketkeeper’s return was days away when he received threatening calls from Pakistan, warning him of dire consequences if he arrived in the country.
Zulqarnain told Geo TV on Thursday that he had been threatened on telephone by an anonymous caller from Pakistan.
“You are coming back despite being told not to come, you are responsible for the consequences,” Zulqarnain quoted the anonymous caller, as warning him.
The UK police took Zulqarnain into protective custody after the cricketer informed the police about the two threatening calls that he received from Pakistan, Dunya News reports.
The police have also taken his two cell phones for investigation in this regard. (ANI)
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