Zulqarnain''s wife and children stopped at Lahore airport

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Karachi, Jan 30 (PTI) Relations between Zulqarnain Haiderand the Pakistan Cricket Board seem to have hit a new lowafter his family blamed the PCB for preventing the refugeewicketkeeper''s wife and children from joining him in theUnited Kingdom.

Zulqarnain''s wife, Shazia, and his two daughters werestopped from boarding a flight to London yesterday morning byFIA officials at the Lahore airport. They were told to contactthe British High Commission in Islamabad and the Pakistancricket Board.

"I don''t know why they stopped me from going to London aswe had valid visas and passports and tickets for the journey,"Shazia told reporters after being forced to return home.

"It has been four months since I last saw my husband andmy daughters want to be with their father, yet we are beingprevented from joining him in London," she said.

Zulqarnain fled the Pakistan team hotel in Dubai during aone-day series against South Africa last november, claimingthat he was threatened by a person who wanted him to fixmatches.

Zulqarnain then sought asylum in London, and was granteda temporary residence permit by the home authorities till theydecide on his application.

One of Zulqarnain''s brothers said it was hard tounderstand the prevailing situation.

"The FIA authorities just took the passports and saidthey had got written intimation from a official of the BritishHigh Commission to not allow Zulqarnain''s wife or daughters toboard the flight to London," he said.

"We have now been told to contact the high commission andPCB on Monday," he said.

Another close relative alleged that the fact thatZulqarnain''s family members have been asked to contact the PCBindicated that the it had something to do with the authoritiesnot allowing them to travel to London.

The PCB was not very pleased after Zulqarnain posted amessage on his facebook account claiming that he was ready tosue the PCB and members of the fact-finding committee fordefaming him and calling him "weird and mentally unstable".

The PCB responded by stating that Zulqarnain was free toinitiate legal proceedings against the board, but only afterfacing charges of indiscipline and violating the terms of hiscentral contract with the board.

"He is a fugitive and he has to first answer for hisactions," PCB legal advisor, Tafazzul Rizvi had said.

Former Test captain, Rashid Latif hoped the issue issorted out at the earliest.

"It is not good for Pakistan cricket and I feel sorry forhis family members. The PCB should try to resolve this issueonce and for all and send someone to go and meet himpersonally in London.

"If he is wrong he should be penalized, but I don''t thinkhis family should suffer," Latif said.

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