LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday sent legal notices to two private news channels for spreading “rumours” about his recent visit to Saudi Arabia.
The defamation notices that have been sent under the defamation law by Advocate Mustafa Ramday on behalf of the chief minister, state that the news channels while accusing Shehbaz Sharif of corruption, aired “fake news” that was damaging to the chief minister’s character.
Earlier, several rumours claiming that “a deal was being made” had surfaced following former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s visit to Saudi Arabia last week. The reports further claimed that both the Sharif brothers had gone to Saudi Arabia in a bid to strike an NRO like deal to avoid corruption cases and to improve their relations with the royal family.
The chief minister and Punjab government spokesperson Mohammad Ahmed Khan, however, had denied all such reports after labeling them “baseless”.