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Jami calls for withdrawal of Haroon’s defamation notice

–Filmmaker condemns attacks on Dawn’s offices, denies CEO Haroon’s accusation that he was part of a ‘larger agenda’

Filmmaker Jamshed Mahmood, who is popularly known as Jami, has sent a legal notice to Dawn’s CEO Hameed Haroon, calling for the withdrawal of the latter’s defamation notice within a week.

The filmmaker shared the legal notice on Twitter, saying it was his legal reply to the media tycoon’s notice.

“That it is imperative to inform your client that if he so wishes to further embark upon the unnecessary and futile exercise of harassing our client, note that our client is willing to contest the same, as several witnesses in whom our client confided, are willing to depose and testify against your client in any and all competent forums,” the notice, filed by Jami’s counsel Siddiqui & Raza, read.

Jami called for the withdrawal of Haroon’s legal notice within a week. Otherwise, the notice said, Jami had the right to initiate legal proceedings against Haroon and “if any coercive or adhesive action is taken by your client then the same will be defended at your client’s cost, risk and consequences”.

Haroon, who sent the filmmaker a notice on January 6, had demanded an apology from Jami within 14 days of receiving the notice failing which he would have the right to initiate civil and criminal legal proceedings against him.

Jami also denied Haroon’s allegations and termed them to be a “mendacious and facile attempt to silence the truth and malign” his reputation. He also rejected Haroon’s accusation that he was part of a “larger agenda” or was instigated by “powerful interests of state and society”.

The notice stated that the filmmaker had no connection with a series of attacks on the offices of Dawn and “wishes to unequivocally condemn the same act”.

Last year in October, the filmmaker came forward with the accusation that he was raped by a “media tycoon” 13 years ago and on December 28, named Dawn’s CEO as his alleged rapist. In response, Haroon had issued a statement categorically rejecting the rape accusations, saying he would initiate legal action.