Khawaja Saad Rafique serves defamation notice to PTI’s Fawad Chaudhry

Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique has sent a defamation notice of Rs5 billion to Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leader Fawad Chaudhry for the false accusations against him.

Saad Rafique, in a statement on Sunday, demanded an unconditional apology from Chaudhry over his statements where he had reportedly hurled “baseless” allegations regarding Rafique’s position and role in the Paragon Housing Society.

This week on Thursday, Fawad Chaudhry had alleged that Saad Rafique was the owner of Paragon Housing Society. The PTI leader had further claimed that the minister for railways was a member of the land mafia, who had deprived common people of their property.

Through the legal notice, the minister demanded that Chaudhry should either prove the allegations or tender apology publicly within 14 days; and in case of his failure to do so, legal proceedings would be initiated against him.

Defamation notices are served commonly these days particularly in politicians, business tycoons and media professionals over the damage of their reputation. However Defamation states: Any wrongful act or publication or circulation of a false statement or representation made orally or in written or visual form which injures the reputation of a person, tends to lower him in the estimation of others or tends to reduce him to ridicule, unjust criticism, dislike, contempt or hatred shall be actionable as defamation.

Defamation is of two forms, namely: Slander and Libel.

Any false oral statement or representation that amounts to defamation shall be actionable as slander.

Any false written, documentary or visual statement or representation made either by ordinary form or expression or by electronic or other modern means of devices that amounts to defamation shall be actionable as libel.

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