Runaway former Pakistani wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haidar, who returned to Islamabad from a self-imposed exile in the United Kingdom on Monday, is yet to reach his hometown Lahore due to security issues.
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 returned to Pakistan on Monday despite receiving threatening telephone calls warning him of dire consequences if he arrived in the country.
"I am staying in Islamabad because the authorities are yet to clear me to go to Lahore. I am hopeful that in a few days time I will be able to travel to Lahore and try to meet with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials," the Daily Times quoted Zulqarnain, as saying.
"I think it is the responsibility of the Punjab government to provide me proper security in Lahore," he added.
Zulqarnain said that he was keen to get back to Lahore as soon as possible because he wanted to respond to the PCB charges levelled against him, and get clearance to play domestic cricket again.
Meanwhile, police in Sialkot presented four bookmakers in a magistrate's court on Wednesday and officially pressed charges against them. They had arrested eight members of a bookie gang from the Sambrial area of the Punjab province on Tuesday, and said the gang was also involved in making threatening calls to Haider using different international SIM cards. (ANI)