Federal Minister for Communications and Postal Services Murad Saeed has sent a legal notice to Prime Minister Imran Khan’s ex-wife Reham Khan on charges of ‘slander and dirty propaganda’ after controversial contents of her book were quoted during a recent talk show.
Reham Khan’s memoir, which was published in 2018, received national attention again, after journalist Mohsin Baig alluded to the book while discussing the Ministry of Communication’s award as the top performing federal ministry from Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The minister said that quotes from Reham Khan’s book had served to discredit the minister and also discouraged officials from his ministry, who should have been celebrated for the accolade.
Murad claimed that Reham was at fault because she had allegedly leaked a copy of her book and has never denied the claims she made about Imran Khan. Saeed demanded an explanation and an apology from Reham within 14 days, otherwise he would proceed with further legal action.
The notice also references various television programs, speeches and social media posts. Murad claimed “in all the slander, not only is there a reference to your [Reham’s] writing but you have also been retweeting it. In case of non-apology, the court will be requested to award severe punishment and one billion rupees in damages.”
Following his on-air comments, Mohsin Baig was arrested, and claims he was tortured by officers from the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) ‘on orders of the prime minister.’
Reham Khan’s memoir has been condemned by members of the government as patently false, with members of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) previously filing a defamation case against Reham Khan for ‘defamatory and malicious falsehoods’ perpetuated in the book.