ISLAMABAD – Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif has reportedly decided to drag Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan to court for his bribe and corruption allegation against him.

PTI Chief had claimed that the CM Punjab had tried to bribe him Rs10 billion to stay quiet on the Panama leaks.

“The draft for the defamation suit has been prepared and it is likely to be filed in the sessions court today (Friday),” The Express Tribune quoted senior official of Punjab government. “The chief minister has engaged Punjab’s former Advocate General Mustafa Ramday to plead the case.”

“The Punjab CM will claim Rs10 billion in damages for allegedly lying and defaming his reputation,” he added.

“Since the last week of April 2017, you [Imran] have been uttering/spreading and resorting to the publication and circulation, directly and/or by way of innuendos, maliciously false, baseless and unfounded statements and representations against my client to the effect that he had offered you a sum of Rs10 billion in lieu of your withdrawing/backing off from the Panamagate case,” the notice reads.

The notice added that “apart from causing irreparable damage to Shehbaz’s reputation, this [defamation by Imran] has caused him severe mental agony, pain, and torture.”

However, it is learnt that the PTI chief did not respond to the chief minister’s defamation notice up till now.

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