Lahore: A Pakistani court on Tuesday summoned fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar and two cricket officials to hear a petition demanding an apology and damages for attending a fashion show on a Muslim holy day.
Civil court judge Mohammad Azam Has asked Shoaib, Pakistan Cricket Board chief executive Rameez Raja and chief selector Aamer Sohail to appear for a hearing on October 28.
The petition, submitted by an individual, demands damages worth Rs 25,000 ($431) and an apology for hurting religious sentiments by attending a fashion show on the Muslim holy night of Shab-e-Barat (a holy night for prayers) on Saturday.
“The damages we are claiming are just a token, the main thing is apology for hurting religious sentiments,” the petitioner’s lawyer Ansar Mahmood Bajwa said.
Pakistani media splashed photographs of players and officials attending a fashion parade in Islamabad late on Saturday night, the eve of Pakistan’s final one-day match against South Africa.
Pakistan lost the match by seven wickets to lose the series 3-2. (AFP)