Wasim Akram escapes road rage shooting

KARACHI: Former cricket captain Wasim Akram was in shock last night after a motorist opened fire on his car in a road rage incident.

Akram, one of the best left-arm fast bowlers ever to play the game, was on his way to coach at a training camp at the city’s National Stadium when the car behind drove into his in heavy traffic.

The former cricketer asked the driver to pull over and their heated verbal exchange ended in gunfire.

“He tried to shoot me, his gun was pointing at me, then people told him my identity and he fired at the side of my car.

Had the people not told him about me, he would have shot me,” he said.

His attacker was driving a Honda City car and looked like an official.

“I have noted the number of the car and given it to the police.

If he can do this to me, what will he do to the common man?” he said.

He was in a state of shock last night over the incident and could not understand how a minor collusion had ended in such violence.

Road rage incidents happened all over the world, he said, “but it does not mean you start firing.”

The Inspector General of Police has spoken to him and he believes they will soon arrest the gunmen.

The police investigators are examining CCTV footage from cameras installed at the scene of the incident on Karsaz road.

“According to preliminary investigation, the incident appears to be a case of road rage.

But we cannot say clearly what the motive behind the attack on Wasim Akram was,” said Deputy Inspector General of Karachi East, Munir Sheikh.

“We have identified the car from CCTV footage and will have the suspect in custody in a couple of hours,” he added.

Gulshan-e-Iqbal Superintendent Abid Qaimkhani said it did not appear to be a preplanned attack.

“All of a sudden, one of the passengers in the car opened fire and (a bullet) hit Wasim’s Mercedes.

Later on, one of them identified the former captain of the Pakistan cricket team and asked the others to run.

It was not an act of terror or attempt on life of the former player.”

Police believed they had traced the owner of the white Honda City but from the registration number but instead found a maroon car.

“The car bearing the same registration number plate has been parked at Uzair Ahmed’s house who is resident of Khayaban-e-Bilal, Defence Housing Authority (DHA) from the last one year as his owner along with a father is living abroad,” said Qaimkhani.

“It seems the fleeing car was either using fake registration number plate or may be Akram made a minor mistake when noting the number.”