Shahbaz defamation suit: Imran gets 14 days to respond


ISLAMABAD, Sep 25 (TNS): A local court on Monday directed the counsel for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan to respond to Rs10 billion defamation suit of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz 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 hearing, Additional District and Session Judge Azfar Sultan directed Advocate Babar Awan to submit comments of the PTI chief on the next hearing on Oct 09.

In his lawsuit CM Shahbaz said,“The defendant (Imran Khan) leveled maliciously false, baseless and unfounded allegations against him.” “He also leveled the same allegations no less than three times in television programme ‘Off the Record’ aired on ARY News on April 26 this year.”

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.