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Imran withdraws reply to ex-CJP’s defamation notice

ISLAMABAD: Advocate Hamid Khan on Wednesday said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has withdrawn his legal response to the defamation notice filed by former chief justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. Imran’s lawyer Hamid Khan, who is also a member of the PTI, said he was withdrawing the letter on the instructions of his client, Imran Khan. Meanwhile, the lawyer for the former CJP said that according to the law and judgements of the higher judiciary a reply in a defamation notice cannot be withdrawn. “I will not pursue this matter until I get new instructions from the PTI chairman,” he said talking to reporters outside the Supreme Court. In his reply, Imran Khan said he saluted the historic verdicts handed down by ex-CJ Iftikhar Chaudhry. 
He said that he committed a mistake in the choice of words and hoped that Iftikhar Chaudhry would pardon him. But soon after submitting the apology, Imran said he stood by his statement on the role of the former chief justice and the returning officers in rigging the elections.

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