The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) issued an Rs10 billion defamation notice to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan today for making “baseless claims” against former President Asif Ali Zardari.
The news comes only days after Khan claimed that PPP co-chairman Zardari was planning and funding an assassination conspiracy against him, for which the ex-president had hired terrorists.
“The words made by you [Khan] have caused considerable injury and hurt to the sensibilities of members of Pakistan Peoples Party who are not only in Pakistan but all over the world, consequently hurting and defaming their name,” Zardari’s notification said.
The notice says that PTI head through his “defamatory, slanderous, scandalous” remarks tried to build a link between Zardari and terrorist outfits “blindly disregarding the reality that our client and his party has remained the victim of terrorism”.
According to the letter, PTI chief’s “defamatory activities” caused “serious suffering, mental stress, and loss of reputation” to the PPP co-chairperson.
“You are, consequently, hereby summoned to render unconditional apology from our client, on television, print, and social media, within 14 (fourteen) days of receipt of this notice, failing which, our client shall be compelled to institute appropriate legal proceedings against you, civil as well as criminal, before the competent Courts of law and forums of Pakistan as well as of England, including but not limited to Suit for Damages for Rs10,000,000,000/- (Rupees ten million).”
You in your video link address mentioned that “Asif Zardari has given his corruption money to a terrorist organization being assisted by powerful state agency facilitators to conduct another attack on me. Furthermore, you named our client as one of four people who are supposedly plotting your assassination. “Your aforementioned statements have received extensive coverage in print and social media, and they have also been broadcast abroad, including in England,” the defamation notice stated.
Khan, who was deposed as prime minister in April last year, claimed four people plotted his assassination “behind closed doors” in a virtual press conference on January 27.
Khan claimed that now that the Wazirabad attack had failed, a new plan was in the works. “It’s being pushed by Asif Zardari. He accumulated a large sum of money through corruption and invested it in terrorists and a militant organization.”