LONDON: PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday announced that he has filed a formal defamation suit against Mail on Sunday newspaper, Mail Online and journalist David Rose in the London High Court for the publication of a “gravely defamatory” story in 2019.
“It was a fabricated and defamatory story which published in the Daily Mail. It was a part of propaganda launched by [Prime Minister] Imran Niazi against the PML-N in the name of sham accountability,” he said while addressing a news conference in London on Thursday.
Refuting the allegation made in the Daily Mail report, the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly said, “If there was a shred of evidence against him of siphoning off millions of ponds the unholy alliance of NAB and PM Imran would not have filed baseless references against him in Pakistan.”
Alasdair Pepper and Antonia Foster, Shehbaz’s legal counsel in the case, were also present at the press conference.
Pepper said that the defamation suit has been initiated and the London High Court is expected to take the matter up any time within this year.
He said that the article as well as the “social media campaign [against Shehbaz] launched by Rose was highly defamatory”.