A local court on Saturday has once again issued a notice to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan over Rs10 billion defamation suit that was filed by Chief Minister of Punjab Shehbaz Sharif.
Shahbaz sued the PTI chairman for Rs10 billion damages for accusing him of offering bribe to stay silent over the Panama Papers allegations against the Sharif family.During the hearing, Shehbaz Sharif’s lawyer Mustafa told the court that Imran Khan hurls allegations and doesn’t present evidence, adding he also doesn’t respect court’s summons and refrains from appearing before it.
The plaintiff said that he had served a legal notice through his counsel on the defendant on May 8, 2017 under Section 8 of the Defamation Ordinance, 2002 calling upon him to tender a proper apology within 14 days of the receipt of the notice. Upon failing, he warned, he will initiate legal action against the defendant for recovery of Rs10 billion as damages under the law. However, Khan failed to tender apology.
Sharif’s lawyer said that considering the seriousness of defamatory allegations and consistency with which he leveled allegations, his client is entitled to a claim of compensation. The counsel continued that Imran Khan has not responded to the legal notice so far.
Meanwhile, Khan’s lawyer Babar Awan requested the court to give him time for the submission of detailed reply. Subsequently, the court has adjourned the hearing till September 25.The court reissued notice to Imran to file his reply by Sept 25 after he failed to respond to the first notice.
With the Panama Papers revelations about the first family’s London properties having triggered political storm in Pakistan, the PTI chairman went to claim that the Punjab CM had offered him Rs10 billion through one of his close associates to stay silent over the Panamagate case.