MQM Rs5bn defamation suit against Imran Khan referred to SHC

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court’s additional registrar has referred to court Rs5 billion defamation suit filed by Muttahida Qaumi Movement against Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf’s chief Imran Khan when the latter failed to respond after lapse of two years.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) had sued the PTI Chairman for allegedly defaming and maligning the MQM chief, Altaf Hussain.

MQM leader, Dr Farooq Sattar had filed the suit, submitting that Imran Khan had hurled the allegations against MQM chief and accusing him for his involvement in murder of PTI leader Zehra Shahid.

Plaintiff quoted PTI chief as saying, “I hold Altaf Hussain directly responsible for the murder, as he had openly threatened PTI workers and leaders through public broadcasts.”

PTI leader, Zahra was shot dead by unidentified persons outside her Defence residence on May 18.

MQM leader said that it had sent a legal notice to Mr Khan but he did not respond. He added after consultation with the legal advisors, the party decided to file defamation suit against PTI chairman.

He further said that PTI has always been the flag-bearer of rule of law, though its chairman accused MQM chief for being involved in the murder of PTI leader without any investigation just hours later after the murder of PTI leader.

MQM leader prayed the court to direct the PTI chairman to tender unconditional apology to MQM chief and other party leaders or pay Rs 5billion rupees.

On Thursday, Ghulam Mustafa Channa, additional registrar of the SHC noted that records reveals that no written statement on behalf of Mr Khan was filed since February 28, 2014 despite several opportunities of hearing been provided till today.

He directed the SHC’s Roster Branch to fix the matter in court for final disposal.

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