PESHAWAR: Chief of Awami National Party (ANP) Asfandyar Wali Khan has served Rs 100 million defamation notice to KP Information Minister Shaukat Yousafzai for ‘libellous statements’ without the support by any reasonable proof or justification.
The notice is issued through senior lawyer Abdul Latif Afridi asking the provincial minister to tender a public apology and get it published with the same prominence as the ‘defamatory remarks’, otherwise, Asfandyar will proceed to prosecute him in a criminal court of law.
The notice is issued under section 8 of the Defamation Ordinance 2002 asking the minister to retract statement within 14 days failing which as per his right under the law will initiate a defamation suit of worth Rs 100 million in damages in the competent court of law.
After the opposition parties political gathering in Peshawar on July 25 Yousafzai in his press conference has said that opposition parties couldn’t gather even 2000 people. He has alleged that during ANP government in the province, Asfandyar has sold Pakhtuns on 25 million dollars.
The statements were also in the Daily Ajj and Daily Jang Peshawar on its front page and are presumed to have been published in other newspapers throughout the country and also telecasted on electronic media.
The notice said that Asfandiyar Wali Khan is the son of late Khan Abdul Wali Khan and grandson of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan alias Bacha Khan who is amongst the prominent and internationally known leaders of the freedom movement and they have left an impact on the politics in Pakistan.
Asfandyar Wali Khan is the central president of ANP and is a well-known politician in Pakistan. He is four times elected as MNA, served four times elected as MNA, served as a Senator and was also elected to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Assembly. “That your defamatory accusation against Asfandiyar has left an adverse effect on the public minds and thus Asfandayar’s status has been tarnished in the eyes of the general public which is not permissible under the law,” said the defamation notice.