Karachi: Within a day of touching down in Pakistan after being in hiding for five months in London, runaway wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider has landed in a legal soup with Kamran Akmal`s father-in-law filing a Rs 100 million defamation case against him.
Haider, after returning home yesterday, told a television channel that Kamran`s father-in-law was a bookmaker and was involved in match-fixing.
Badruzaman, the lawyer for Kamran`s father-in-law, told reporters that the defamation notice had been dispatched to Haider`s home address last evening.
"My client is a well reputed businessman and he will not tolerate such allegations. Haider now has to either produce evidence to back his allegations or make a public apology or face legal action," he said.
The lawyer said his client had served a Rs 100 million defamation suit on the former Pakistan keeper.
Earlier Kamran, who was dropped for the tour to the West Indies because of poor form, had also warned Haider to come up with evidence or face action.
"I always considered Haider as my brother but after coming to know about his baseless allegations he has made against my father-in-law I am very disappointed and upset. Because he has slandered a respectable man," Kamran told reporters.
Haider, who had to face some angry protesters when he landed at the Islamabad airport lats morning, told the "Duniya" channel that he suspected Kamran`s father-in-law was involved in match fixing and that the government and cricket board should hold an appropriate inquiry into the matter.
He also accused Kamran`s younger brother Umar of inappropriate behaviour and harassing him during the one-day series against South Africa last year in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Haider returned home after getting security assurances from Pakistan`s interior minister, Rehman Malik who he also met yesterday.
On his return, Haider justified his decision to leave the team hotel in Dubai last November and flee to London where he claimed an unknown person had given him death threats for not cooperating in fixing the one-day series against South Africa.