ISLAMABAD: PTI chairman Imran Khan has sent a legal notice to JUI-F chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman claiming damages of Rs500 million for allegedly defaming him.
The notice says the Maulana in a TV interview on Aug 3 accused Mr Khan of being a Jewish agent and alleged that he has a foreign agenda backed by the Jewish lobby.
The notice says the JUI-F chief allegedly tried to gain undue political advantage over Mr Khan and his political party, so he was liable to be proceeded against for defamation under civil as well as criminal laws.
The Maulana has been asked to apologise unconditionally or take back his statement about the PTI chief within a week of receipt of the notice or face a lawsuit for defamation.
The notice suggested that the apology should be telecast and broadcast on national and international television/radio/ satellite network on primetime and it should be conspicuously printed in all major newspapers within and outside Pakistan.
The notice has informed Mr Fazl that if he fails to tender the apology within time, Mr Khan shall be entitled to claim damages in the sum of Rs500m from him and to proceed against him under the criminal law for prosecution and the JUI-F chief will be liable and responsible for the costs and consequences of such proceedings.
Mr Khan had said on Aug 5 that he would move the court against Mr Fazl.
PTI’s Central Media Coordinator Chaudhry Rizwan told Dawn that if Mr Fazl failed to apologise within a week, a writ would be filed in a high court for the recovery of damages.
JUI-F spokesman Jan Achakzai said his party would respond to the notice after receiving it.
He said the Maulana would never seek an apology and the JUI-F was ready to prove that Mr Khan had links with the Jewish lobby.