ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan in his written reply to the defamation notice served by the former chief justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Chaudhry has acknowledged the contribution of the former CJP to the cause of rule of law, supremacy of the constitution and independence of judiciary in the country.
The written reply to the notice said, “We believe that the appointment of judicial officers as DROs and ROs was a right step in right direction but the subsequent conduct during last general election is shocking to the entire nation.” Khan’s lawyer, Hamid Khan stated through the written reply, “Our client did not mean to abuse or disrespect the judiciary,” appealing the former CJP to “reconsider the idea for entering into personal litigation”.
The reply of the notice under Section 8 of the Defamation Ordinance 2002 was drafted by Hamid Khan and Ahmed Awais and posted to Chaudhry at his residential address. The letter read, “PTI stood solidly behind you in the demand for restoration of judiciary and our leader also suffered detention in jail during the course of movement.”
“We appreciate judicial activism under your leadership which provided expeditious relief and remedy to the down trodden segments of the society and our client appreciated your ruling for exclusion of 37 million bogus unverified voters and conferring voting right to expatriate Pakistanis,” the letter said.
The letter said, “After the restoration of judiciary our client had high expectations from the judiciary under your guardianship but it came as shock to our client when during last general elections PTI was meted out step motherly treatment at the hands of judiciary.”
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