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Court summons Shoaib & Co.

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)

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