Pulling out a gun not the way to deal with road rage: Akram
After escaping an attack in Karachi on Wednesday, former Pakistan cricket captain Wasim Akram said road rage could happen anywhere in the world but taking out a gun and firing on someone was not the way to settle things.cricket Updated: Aug 06, 2015 00:07 IST
After escaping an attack in Karachi on Wednesday, former Pakistan cricket captain Wasim Akram said road rage could happen anywhere in the world but taking out a gun and firing on someone was not the way to settle things.
Akram, who was in Karachi to conduct a bowling camp, was on his way to a session when his car was involved in an accident. According to police, the accident was followed by a heated exchange and a man pulled out a gun and fired a shot that hit the tyre of Akram's car, Dawn News channel reported. Akram escaped unhurt.
Police officials at the scene said Akram was not the intended target and was unlucky to have been caught in what "could have been a tragic situation".
Referring to the incident, Akram told the media at the national stadium that the incident was scary. "It was just an accident when I was coming to the stadium. There is lot of rush at this time and I was in the middle lane and a car hit my car from behind. I signalled the driver to come to the side but he tried to make a fool and tried to race off which irritated me a lot," Akram said.
"I got a bit frustrated and chased that car and blocked it and while I was standing and arguing with the driver a person stepped out from the back seat holding a gun and pointed it at me. But since the traffic had stopped and people recognised me as Wasim Akram the man than lowered his gun and fired at my car which was very scary," he narrated the whole details of the incident, which is now being investigated by the police.
Akram said the person after firing at his car's tyre and the other occupants of the car then left in a haste but he had noted down the number of the car and immediately called the police, who responded quickly.
"I have shared all details with the police and I am confident they will apprehend the culprit. Because road rage can happen anywhere in the world be it England, Australia, USA but taking out a gun is not the way to settle such things," Akram said.
"And if this person who fired is so brave than he should come forward and face things," the former Pakistani cricket captain added.