LAHORE: A local court in Lahore has ordered Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan to submit his reply in a case pertaining to defamation of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman Najam Sethi.
A Sessions Court in the provincial capital heard the defamation cases against Imran Khan.
Judge Anjum Imtiaz Malik heard a petition filed by Shehbaz Sharif. However, counsel to Imran Khan, Advocate Barbar Awan could not appear before the court due to a preoccupation.
A junior advocate informed the court about his client’s stance. He argued that his client has talked about Shehbaz Sharif in Islamabad therefore, the Lahore based court lacks the authority to hear the case.
Counsel to Shehbaz Sharif argued that Khan had misinformed the public about the Panama Papers case and levelled allegations on Shebaz Sharif of being offered a Rs10 billion bribe by a close associate to drop the Panama case against Nawaz Sharif. He went on to say that the PTI chief, for his political benefit, committed character assassination of his client and prayed to the court to order Khan to pay defamation money.
On the petition of Imran Khan, challenging the authority of the court, the court asked counsels of both parties to argue.
On the other hand, Najam Sethi’s petition against Imran Khan in a defamation case was heard in a Sessions Court.
Additional Sessions Judge Anjam Mumtaz heard the case. However, no reply on the behalf of Imran Khan was submitted. Later, the court adjourned the case due to the strike of lawyers and ordered the PTI chief to submit a reply on the next hearing.
Najam Sethi has sued Imran Khan for Rs100 million. Sethi has taken the stance that Imran Khan has levelled fake allegations of corruption on him during his public gathering speeches thus, damaging his reputation.