Adviser to Prime Minister on Accountability Barrister Shahzad Akbar issued a legal notice to Uzma Bukhari for defamation and demanded an apology or Rs500 million in damages.
The adviser took to microblogging website Twitter and said the money received in damages will be distributed to charities in Pakistan.
The legal notice, under Section 8 of the Defamation Ordinance, 2002, was served to Uzma Bukhari for making "defamatory statements and raising false and absurd imputations" against Akbar during a media appearance on January 13, 2021.
Uzma Bukhari said "Shahzad Akbar ki briefcase lene or briefcase dene ki purani history hai. Or yeh ilzaam nahi," among other statements about the prime minister's adviser.
Moreover, the notice stated that Bukhari passed untrue and libelous defamatory statements alleging that Akbar tried to solicit a certain commission from Moussavi from a payment supposed to be made to Broadsheet LLC. In addition, the notice said Bukhari made false allegations that Akbar misappropriates public funds for his personal benefits and that he is involved in the offence of giving and accepting bribes.
"All allegations and insinuations made and adverse inferences drawn by you are strongly denied as they are completely fabricated, libelous and scandalous. You are liable to make good all losses caused to the client and the office of the Adviser to the Prime Minister in case you do not retract your false defamatory statements and issue an official apology," the notice said.
My lawyers have also issued legal notice to Uzma Bukhari for defamation for her allegations levelled against me. She must apologise or gather 500 million to pay in damages.
My lawyers have also issued legal notice to Uzma Bukhari for defamation for her allegations levelled against me. She must apologise or gather 500 million to pay in damages.— Mirza Shahzad Akbar (@ShazadAkbar) January 14, 2021
Money received in damages will be given to charities in Pakistan 😁 pic.twitter.com/Z4RRLHCWu2
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