Court or­ders Im­ran to re­ply to dam­ages suit by Dar’s son

‘Fake charges of il­le­gal pos­ses­sions’

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES -

ZUBAIR QURESHI ISLAMABAD—Ali Dar, son of the Fi­nance Min­is­ter Se­na­tor Ishaq Dar, has filed a dam­ages suit against Chair­man of the Pak­istan Tehrik-e-In­saf (PTI) Im­ran Khan for hurl­ing base­less charges against him of pos­sess­ing il­le­gal prop­er­ties in United Arab Emi­rates (UAE).

In this re­gard the Ses­sions Court of Islamabad is­sued no­tices to Chair­man of the PTI once again to sub­mit a re­ply. The court has di­rected Khan to sub­mit his re­ply by June 18. In his dam­ages suit, Ali Dar has sub­mit­ted be­fore the court that PTI chair­man has on a num­ber of oc­ca­sions al­leged that he (Ali Dar) is pos­sess­ing il­le­gal prop­er­ties in the UAE.

He is mak­ing these charges re­peat­edly in the wake of the re­cent Panama Leaks. By mak­ing such base­less al­le­ga­tions, Im­ran Khan Chair­man of the PTI has caused ir­repara­ble dam­age to my dig­nity and self-re­spect. Such fake charges have also caused men­tal agony and tor­ture to him, sub­mits Ali Dar be­fore the court. He has pleaded be­fore the court to ini­ti­ate ac­tion against him.

It may be men­tioned that Im­ran Khan is al­ready fac­ing a dam­ages suit filed by for­mer Chief Jus­tice of Pak­istan Iftikhar Muham­mad Chaudhry.

For­mer chief jus­tice filed a Rs20 bil­lion dam­ages suit against PTI chief Im­ran Khan for “in­ten­tion­ally caus­ing defama­tion to his re­spect within and out­side the coun­try by hurl­ing base­less, mis­chievous, ma­li­cious al­le­ga­tions through his speeches, in­ter­views, spo­ken words” and Rs5 bil­lion “as dam­ages for men­tal ag­o­nies, tor­ture, ha­rass­ment.”

Though Im­ran Khan has hired the top lawyer of the coun­try and for­mer Law Min­is­ter Babar Awan yet it seems a re­mote pos­si­bil­ity that he will be re­lieved of that in near future.

The 41-page pe­ti­tion filed by the for­mer CJP con­tends that on July 26, 2013, the PTI chief used slan­der­ous lan­guage against the ju­di­ciary and ac­cused the re­turn­ing of­fi­cers of rig­ging May 2013 gen­eral elec­tions without any ev­i­dence. Ac­cord­ing to an­a­lysts, the lat­est dam­ages suit filed by Ali Dar can add to the chal­lenges Mr Khan is fac­ing at the po­lit­i­cal front.

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