Bookmakers who threatened Haider arrested

Pakistani wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider (second from right) meets Interior Minister Rehman Malik (right) with his wife Shazia Haider and daughters upon his arrival in Islamabad. (AP)

Pakistan's police claimed on Wednesday that it has arrested eight bookmakers for allegedly threatening wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider, who returned this week after spending five months in hiding in London, it has been reported.

Police in Sialkot recovered a cache of ammunition, and telephone sets from the suspects.

Superintendent of Police Nasir Qureshi told 'Dawn News' that the suspects were operating from a building located in Sambrial area of the city.

The gang's hideout had secret rooms hidden behind wooden cupboards from where they operated their bookmaking operation, he said.

Police seized around 250 telephone sets, satellite transmission equipment, mobile phones and records of betting during different cricket matches, Qureshi said.

Haider had created a flutter last year by fleeing to London midway through a series in Dubai citing death threats from match-fixers.

He returned on Monday only after getting assurances of his and his family's safety from Interior Minister Rehman Malik.

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