IHC allows Kh Asif to cross-examine PM in defamation case

IHC stops trial court from further proceedings in defamation case against Kh Asif

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Islamabad: On Tuesday, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) has blocked the Court of First Instance against Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Kawaja Asif The defamation case filed for further litigation.

During the trial, the court has issued a notice to the governor and sought a reply.

It is to be mentioned here that Khawaja Asif had challenged the legality of the statement of PM Imran recorded through a video link in the case. He told that trial court didn’t allow him to record argument over PM’s testimony.

IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah expressed resentment over delay to conclude the case. Responding to the court, the lawyer of Khawaja Asif told that the case was filed in 2012, however, the objections raised by parties were addressed in 2021.

The judge remarked that the court had already directed to conclude the defamation cases as soon as possible. It should take two months to wrap up the defamation suit, he added.

Meanwhile, Asif’s counsel told that both parties took restraining order.

Earlier, Prime Minister Imran filed a defamation lawsuit of Rs 10 billion against Khawaja Asif in 2012, accusing it of embezzlement and money laundering through the Shaukat Khanam Memorial Trust (SKMT) fund.

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