State-owned channel PTV withdrew its compensation claim from the civil court of Lahore registered against former cricketer Shoaib Akhtar after he and Anchor Dr Nauman Niaz settled their dispute.
During the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup series, Akhtar had a heated argument with PTV Sports Anchor Dr Nauman on live TV, where the latter misbehaved with the national star.
Following the argument, Akhtar resigned from the live show. While the public supported the Rawalpindi Express, the state-owned channel sent him a recovery notice asking him to pay Rs100 million in damages and reimburse three months’ salary worth Rs3,333,000 for violating clauses of the contract.
However, before the end of the month-long cricket series, a truce was reached between Akhtar and Niaz, after a meeting at the residence of Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry.
According to lawyers of PTV, reconciliation has been reached with Akhtar.
In an interview before the truce, Niaz said: “I apologised thousands of times over my conduct,” while Akhtar, in an interview said that he has forgiven the host.
In the reconciliation at Fawad’s residence, Nauman said: “Shoaibi (Shoaib Akhtar), I am extremely sorry for whatever happened on screen and it shouldn’t have happened and the reason behind it is that we have a friendship of 30 years and that shouldn’t go down.” Replying, Akhtar said: “Its okay. He should have said it long time ago.” Nauman added: “It’s never too late.”