LAHORE - In reaction to allegations of corruption and kickbacks, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday filed a Rs 26.54 billion defamation lawsuit against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan.

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 Shehbaz Sharif and pocketed billions of rupees out of four contracts secured by him for some Chinese companies.

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, unfounded, malicious and motivated.

It may be mentioned here that the PTI chief had claimed that he would bring forth more proof of ‘corruption‘ by Nov 2, the date set for the PTI‘s planned lockdown of Islamabad.