Court dismisses defamation case against PM Imran Khan

PESHAWAR: A court in Swabi district Thursday dismissed a defamation case filed by former MPA Meraj Hamyun against Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Asadullah Khan, Additional District and Sessions Judge Swabi, dismissed the case of Meraj Hamayun under 7 Rule 11 CPC after hearing arguments of the petitioner and defence counsels besides examining records.

Senior lawyers, Intezar Hussain Punjwana and Naeem Haider, who appeared on behalf of the Prime Minister in the case told a news conference here that former MPA Meraj Hamayun had filed a defamation suit of Rs 5 billion against Prime Minister Imran Khan, which was dismissed by the court Thursday.

Intezar advocate said Meraj Hamayun had challenged the action of PTI Chairman taken against her for allegedly selling her vote during 2018 Senate Elections.

He said the court dismissed the case on the grounds that it was time-barred and non-maintainable besides beyond of court’s jurisdiction.

Intezar Hussain advocate said the case was apolitically motivated and there was no substantial ground against his client.

He said action against the petitioner and other MPAs allegedly involved in horse-trading and selling votes during 2018 senate election had been taken in line with the inquiry committee’s report and the party’s constitution by Imran Khan in the capacity of PTI Chairman.

Intezar Hussain said the petitioner instead of giving a reply to the party’s show-cause notice and clear her position before the disciplinary committee of PTI, had approached court and filed a damaging suit of Rs 5 billion against Prime Minister Imran and also made Defense Minister, Pervez Khattak and former PTI Central Information Secretary, late Naeemul Haq in the case.

He said a similar case was filed by another former MPA Fauzia Bibi in a Peshawar’s court and a detailed defense reply has been submitted. – APP