Pak court issues notice to Imran for remarks on MQM chief

The Sindh High Court has issued a notice to Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf chairman Imran Khan for allegedly making derogatory remarks against Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain.

Last Updated: Jul 26, 2013, 22:56 PM IST

Karachi: The Sindh High Court has issued a notice to Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf chairman Imran Khan for allegedly making derogatory remarks against Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain.

The court issued the notice to Khan yesterday after MQM filed a defamation suit earlier this week claiming Rs 5 billion in damages and an apology from the cricketer-turned-politician for his comments while in London on a recent private visit.

Khan had asked the British government to take notice of the statements of Hussain against the Tehrik-e-Insaaf and its leaders.

Hussain has been in self-exile in London since 1992.

Farooq Sattar, the MQM leader who filed the suit, named Tehrik-e-Insaaf and Khan as defendants.

Barrister Farogh Naseem, appearing for MQM, said that a Tehrik-e-Insaaf worker Zahra Shahid was murdered on May 18 but Khan gave a statement holding Hussain responsible for the murder.

This amounted to making reckless and derogatory statements against a leader of repute, Naseem argued.

Soon after the MQM filed its defamation suit, the Tehrik-e-Insaaf filed a counter suit.

PTI