Zardari serves Rs1 billion legal notice to Sadruddin Hashwani, publishers

PPP spokesperson claims Hashwani's book is a false and vexatious publication to damage Zardari's reputation


Peer Muhammad November 16, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Former president Asif Ali Zardari has served a legal notice to Sadruddin Hashwani, Chairman Hashoo Group and author of The Truth Always Prevails, for willfully publishing a “false, derogatory and vexatious publication full of blatant lies” to damage his reputation.

The Pakistan Peoples Party chairman also served the notice to publishers of the book,  Penguin Books in Haryana India and Liberty Books in Karachi.

PPP spokesperson Senator Farhatullah Babar said in a statement that the legal notice was drafted by Senator Farooq H Naek, senior advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, on behalf of Zardari.

The Truth Always Prevails was launched on Sunday in Islamabad and its excerpts have already been published in a number of media outlets.

The author held the former president responsible for the devastating suicide blast at his hotel, Marriot, in Islamabad in October 2008.

“The cumulative direct effect of the distortions in the book is to tarnish the reputation of Asif Ali Zardari and negate all his contributions to the state and society of Pakistan. The book is a brain-wave of an irresponsible person full of malice aimed at not only tarnishing the image of Zardari but also of the PPP and its workers,” stated the legal notice drafted by Naek.

The notice argued that Zardari believes in complete freedom of speech as guaranteed in Article 19 of the Constitution; however, the statements made in the book without proper investigation and verification were irresponsible and made with an ulterior motive.

The notice adds that the PPP chairman is entitled to Rs500 million in damages for loss of reputation and another Rs500 million for mental agony and torture.

The spokesperson said that the notice further asks the author and publishers to immediately withdraw the book from book stores, end the defamation campaign and give a written assurance within 14 days to this effect.

The counsel also warned that if the demands made were not complied with within 14 days, Zardari would be entitled to seek further monetary damages and equitable relief.

“In the event you fail to meet this demand, please be advised that our client has asked us to communicate to you that he will pursue all available legal remedies, including seeking monetary damages to initiate criminal proceedings under the law," it stated.

“The former president has decided to donate the receipts from damages for defamation to charity,” Babar said.

COMMENTS (46)

No sir | 7 years ago | Reply

In a telecast interview, I heard something to the effect that Hashwani said about his meeting with Musharraf. Could ET and/or its readers please enlighten us on that? Hashwani seems to have made many enemies, it is clear. Is that because he is upright and does not mince words? I am under the impression that he speaks truthfully and fearlessly. But I am not sure.

ishrat salim | 7 years ago | Reply

Both are responsible for their actions & both will be answerable in front of Allah swt to prove themselves innocent ( both of them, however, will not be able to prove themselves innocent as Allah swt already have all the proof )but having said that Mr Zardari has more burden on his shoulder as he was a minister as well as a President of this country. AAZ will be in a bigger mess as he is supposed to take care of the people who selected him to serve them.....so, justice will be done up there Mr AAZ not in this world.

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