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Wahab Riaz also sends Rs 500 million defamation notice to Mubasher Luqman

ISLAMABAD: Senior Team Manager of the National Team, Wahab Riaz, has issued a defamation notice for Rs500 million to anchor Mubasher Luqman, following similar legal action by Babar Azam over match-fixing allegations against the national team and several players.

Mubasher Luqman had accused Wahab Riaz and his late father of match-fixing, labeling Wahab’s father as a ‘bookie’ — someone who arranges the outcome of a match before it starts.

In addition to Babar Azam and Sayaa Corporation, Azhar Mehmood has also sent a legal notice to Mubasher Luqman.

“It is a crime to accuse me and my late father without any proof,” Wahab Riaz stated.

Earlier, Pakistan’s national cricket team captain, Babar Azam, has filed a defamation lawsuit against senior anchor Mubasher Luqman.

The legal action comes in response to allegations made by Luqman, which Azam’s legal team contends are baseless and damaging to his reputation.

According to sources familiar with the matter, Babar Azam made the decision to pursue legal recourse after consulting with his legal advisors. The lawsuit, seeking Rs 1 billion in damages, challenges Luqman to substantiate his claims of match-fixing and other misconduct attributed to Azam.

Luqman had recently aired serious allegations against Babar Azam in a widely circulated video on social media. Among these allegations were claims that Azam received an Audi E-Tron as a gift from his brother, allegedly obtained through questionable sources linked to bookies.

Additionally, Luqman accused Azam of owning properties in Australia and New Zealand acquired under dubious circumstances.

These accusations surfaced following Pakistan’s disappointing performance in a recent tournament in the USA, where they faced early elimination. Luqman’s video, which accused Azam of receiving gifts in exchange for manipulating match outcomes, has sparked considerable controversy within the cricketing community and among fans.

In response to the lawsuit, Babar Azam’s legal team has challenged Luqman to provide evidence to support his claims. Failure to substantiate these allegations could result in Luqman being liable to pay the substantial damages sought by Azam.

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