PESHAWAR: Prime Minister Imran Khan has been summoned by a court in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) for a second time for leveling allegations of horse-trading against a former lawmaker.
The case was filed in June by Fauzia Bibi, a former lawmaker, after she was accused by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief of selling votes in the Senate elections.
The Rs500 million lawsuit claimed that the PTI failed to submit evidence in this regard and the lawmaker claimed that the party damaged her political career by levelling horse-trading allegations.
The district and sessions court sent the first notice to PM Imran’s Bani Gala residence on June 20. The second notice has been sent to the Prime Minister’s Secretariat and his residence.
While hearing the case on Sunday, Judge Shah Waliullah denied request of Fauzia’s attorney to publish the notice in newspapers keeping in view the prime minister had not responded to the first notice. The judge, however, issued directives to publish notice in newspapers and warned the case would be decided one-sidedly if the premier fails to submit reply by September 26.
Fauzia, a lawmaker hailing from Chitral, had sent the defamation notice to the PTI chief, asking for evidence. Receiving no response on the notice, she then filed the lawsuit under Section-8 of the Defamation Ordinance 2002.
Separate lawsuits were filed by MPAs including Qurban Ali Khan, Yasin Khalil, Abdul Haq, Zahid Durrani, Arif Yousaf, and Abdul Mayar. They also demanded a public apology for the “baseless allegations”.