PPP has served a legal notice on PTI chief Imran Khan for his “fabricated and scandalous remarks” against the party’s co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari.
On Friday (Jan 27), the ex-premier said that the PPP co-chair and ‘powerful agencies’ were plotting to take his life, saying the former had also paid money to a terrorist organisation to ‘get the job done’.
According to him, Zardari has unlimited money that he gets from the Sindh government and that he also uses it to buy loyalties of MPs during Senate’s elections.
In a statement the next day, PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto said, “These statements increase threats to my father, my family and my part. We are exploring legal response to the defamatory and dangerous accusation.
A similar statement was issued by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who termed the remarks ‘nonsensical rhetoric’.
Today, the party asked Imran “to render unconditional apology on television, print and social media, within 14 days from the receipt of the notice”, and warned of legal proceedings in case of non-compliance.
“Failing to do so shall be constrained to institute appropriate legal proceedings against you, civil as well as criminal, before the competent courts of law and forums of Pakistan as well as of England, including but not limited to suit for damages for Rs1 billion at your risk as to cost and consequences,” it read.
According to Imran said “Asif Ali Zardari is behind a Plan ‘C’ to kill me and he has given money to a terrorist organisation for the purpose.”
“The facilitators in this are the people belonging to powerful agencies [of the country],” he maintained.
He had also stated that the decision to target him had been planed ‘from three sides’, without explaining further.
“I have written out their names so that people may know. They want to get me out of the way using any means that they can,” he had claimed.
“When I earlier revealed the conspiracy hatched, during a party rally, they made a retreat from their plan.”
During his address, Imran had reiterated he would take to the streets when he is better and will not be ‘confined’ [by such threats].
Try in a british court and PPP might get a penalty slapped on Imran.