Iqbal serves Rs10b defamation notice to Murad

Iqbal says federal minister has launched a campaign of vilification and slander

Our Correspondent March 27, 2019

LAHORE: Former federal minister for planning, development and reform Ahsan Iqbal served a legal notice to serving Federal Minister for Communications Murad Saeed and sought damages worth Rs10 Billion over defamation though false allegations.

Iqbal, a PML-N leader and former minister, served the legal notice through senior counsel Advocate Azam Nazir Tarar.

The counsel submitted that his client elected five times as a member of the National Assembly and had served in key government positions. “You have launched a campaign of vilification and slander based upon unfounded, false and baseless statements against him, merely to injure his repute and to damage his credibility,” the counsel submitted in the notice.

While addressing a press conference on February 8, PTI’s Murad Saeed alleged that Ahsan Iqbal used his influence as federal minister to award a Multan-Sukkar motorway project to a specific company and received Rs70 billion as a bribe through his front man Javed Sadiq.

The counsel said that such a statement not only damaged his client’s reputation, but also that of key projects such as the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which, he said, were national assets and proof of brotherly relations between Pakistan and China.

“Your statement clearly shows that you have launched a campaign against my client through different false tactics.” He added that Iqbal vehemently denies the aforementioned. “You are hereby called upon to immediately undertake the following steps…..”1- retract the aforesaid defamatory statements made by you against Ahsan Iqbal in the same mode and manner in which they were communicated to the public at large. 2-Tender an unconditional apology.3- refrain from uttering such defamatory language against him. In case of failure to do the needful within 14 days, Ahsan Iqabal has the right to avail all and any legal remedies available to him under civil and criminal laws of Pakistan.”