KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Monday imposed a fine of Rs50000 on Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf’s chief Imran Khan for failing to submit reply to Rs5billion defamation suit filed by Muttahida Qaumi Movement against him.
Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) had sued the PTI Chairman for allegedly defaming and maligning the MQM chief Altaf Hussain.
The SHC’s single bench, comprising Justice Shafi Siddiqui, granted the request of Imran Khan’s counsel for allowing some time to file reply and directed him to deposit a fine of Rs50000 to the SHC Library Fund.
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.
Earlier, Ghulam Mustafa Channa, additional registrar of the SHC had noted that record reveals that no written statement on behalf of Mr Khan was filed after lapse of two years despite several opportunities of hearing given to defendant – Imran Khan.
He directed the SHC’s Roster Branch to fix the matter in court for final disposal.
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