Punjab govt’s senior official sues PTI UK chief for defamation

Newly-appointed Vice-Chairman of Overseas Pakistanis Commission (OPC) Punjab Makhdoom Tariq Mahmood-ul-Hassan. — Photo by author
Newly-appointed Vice-Chairman of Abroad Pakistanis Fee (OPC) Punjab Makhdoom Tariq Mahmood-ul-Hassan. — Picture by creator 
  • Saif Chaudhry ranges allegations of fraud, wrongdoing in opposition to Tariq Mahmood-ul-Hassan.
  • Chaudhry, in his defence, says the video was not meant for circulation in public.
  • “There isn’t a reality to the allegations you make,” Hassan says in a authorized discover to Chaudhry.

LONDON: Newly-appointed Vice-Chairman of Abroad Pakistanis Fee (OPC) Punjab Makhdoom Tariq Mahmood-ul-Hassan has initiated a authorized declare in opposition to PTI East of England’s Senior Vice-President Muhammad Saif Chaudhry for defaming him by means of a social media video put up.

On September 18— two days earlier than Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar had notified Hassan because the OPC’s new vice-chairman — audio and video made by Chaudhry circulated on Whatsapp teams, wherein he had levelled critical allegations of fraud and wrongdoing in opposition to Hassan.

Chaudhry made ten allegations of significant nature within the video, saying that Hassan is corrupt, he was expelled from the OPC as a result of corruption, demanded and supplied bribes, orchestrated the defeat of a PTI candidate within the council elections in Pakistan, was a parachute in PTI who was abusing his position, and that CM Buzdar had de-notified him as soon as as a result of misconduct in public workplace.

Hassan’s attorneys have maintained within the authorized letter that every one allegations and meanings are severely defamatory to the brand new vice-chairman of the OPC.

“There isn’t a reality to the allegations you make in anyway, and no different potential authorized justification for his or her publication,” the letter stated.

It mentions that Hassan is a revered PTI employee, analyst, and a celebrated public determine who has served because the coordinator for Punjab’s governor for abroad and non secular affairs, member of a variety of distinguished world assume tanks, together with the Worldwide Institute for Strategic Research, the Royal Commonwealth Society, Chatham Home, and President of the World Congress of Abroad Pakistanis (WCOP) in the UK

“The imputations that our consumer is responsible of corruption, bribery, and misconduct within the workplace are abhorrent and manifest severely defamatory for the needs of the intense hurt take a look at below s.1 (1) of the Defamation Act 2013,” the letter added.

Hassan’s attorneys stated they may problem a declare on the London Excessive Courtroom inside per week if an apology and retraction of all allegations, together with compensation and authorized charges fee, will not be agreed upon.

In an announcement, the attorneys stated: “Our consumer will pursue his judicial treatment in opposition to Saif Chaudhry (Article 79) together with compensation (Article 81 and s.168, DPA 2018), and a compliance order (s.167, DPA 2018) until he responds satisfactorily.”

In the meantime, Chaudhry informed NEWSONHY Information that he has obtained the authorized declare letter. He stated his audio and video had been meant just for PTI UK teams however had been leaked out from there.

“I posted audio and video in PTI teams just for the PTI members and these weren’t meant for circulation in public however in some way they had been leaked from there. The matter is with my authorized crew now and I’ll reply as suggested by my attorneys,” he stated.

CM Buzdar had nominated Hassan because the vice-chairperson of the Punjab Abroad Fee on Tuesday after de-notifying Waseem Akhtar Ramay, who served the place for 3 years.

Hassan has stated that an organised marketing campaign of defamation was run in opposition to him by a rival group to cease his notification. After assembly CM Punjab on Wednesday, he stated he would take authorized motion in opposition to these making false allegations.

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