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  Shahbaz Sharif files Rs 26 billion lawsuit against Imran Khan

Shahbaz Sharif files Rs 26 billion lawsuit against Imran Khan

Published : Oct 29, 2016, 7:04 am IST
Updated : Oct 29, 2016, 7:04 am IST

Pakistan Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif on Friday filed a Rs 26 billion defamation lawsuit against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan.

Shahbaz Sharif
 Shahbaz Sharif

Pakistan Punjab chief minister Shahbaz Sharif on Friday filed a Rs 26 billion defamation lawsuit against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan.

Earlier, Imran Khan had alleged that Javed Sadiq, a Canadian businessman of Pakistani origin and executive director of China State Construction Engineering Corporation, had been acting as front-man of CM Shahbaz Sharif and pocketed billions of rupees out of four contracts secured by him for some Chinese companies. In a legal notice sent to Mr Khan under section 8 of the defamation ordinance, 2002, Shahbaz Sharif “did not deny that Javed Sadiq was a representative of some companies” but added that one of the companies represented by him was a contender for the grant of a contract for setting up of a 100 megawatt Solar Power Project at Bahawalpur by Quaid-e-Azam Solar Power owned by the government of Punjab with a project cost of $ 131.5 million but the contract was not awarded to it and was instead awarded to another Chinese company, namely TBEA.

 

Citing another case, Mr Sharif — younger brother of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif — declared that Javed Sadiq’s company was also an applicant for the grant of Lahore safe City (PPIC3 Centre) Project being undertaken by Punjab Safe Cities Authority with a project cost of $120 million but their bid remained technically unsuccessful and the contract was given to another Chinese Company, namely Huawei Technologies Pakistan (Pvt.) Limited. Demanding Imran Khan to withdraw his accusations and tender a public apology within 14 days, the chief minister once again denied all the allegations as false.

Location: Pakistan, Islamabad