Imran receives Rs10b legal notice from PPP for ‘baseless charges’

The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) on Monday served Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan with an Rs. 10 billion legal notice for making “baseless claims” against the PPP’s co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari.

Zardari addressed a letter to Khan that stated, in part, “The statements made by you [Khan] have caused great harm and hurt to the sentiments of the members of Pakistan Peoples Party which are not only in Pakistan but all over the world thereby damaging and defaming their reputation.”

The notification claims that the PTI leader attempted to link Zardari to terrorist organizations through “baseless accusations,” “blindly disregarding the fact that our client and his party has remained the victim of terrorism.”

The notification further states that the PPP co-chairperson suffered “great suffering, mental stress, and loss of reputation” as a result of the PTI chief’s “defamatory conduct.”

The PTI chairman said last week that Zardari was planning and funding an assassination attempt on him for which the former president had engaged “terrorists.”

Khan, who was removed from office as prime minister in April of last year, said four persons had planned the assassination of him “behind closed doors” at a virtual press conference.

“After learning about it, I made a video in which I described the attack. I stated during a gathering that if anything happened to me, I would release the footage. After that, they took a step back.”

Khan claimed that another attempt had been made to have him killed by a religious fanatic, referring to the Wazirabad attack on November 3, 2022, in which he was shot in the legs and is still healing.

“There is a Plan C in place right now. It is being led by Asif Zardari. He has collected a large sum of money through corruption, and he has invested it in terrorists and hired a militant group.”