PESHAWAR - The district and sessions court Tuesday accepted for hearing the defamation petition filed by Bakht Baidar Khan, former provincial minister and Qaumi Watan Party (QWP) leader, against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan.

The next hearing in the case will be held on April 24 and the court has directed both the sides to present evidence in the case. The court reserved the decision during the previous hearing of the case after hearing arguments from both sides.

On November 13, KP CM Pervez Khattak had dismissed two QWP ministers including Bakht Baidar Khan from his cabinet on corruption charges on the directives of Imran Khan. In this connection, Bakht Baidar had filed a defamation suit of Rs 1 billion against the PTI chairman for removing him from the cabinet without any proof of the alleged corruption.


The executive council of Jamiat Ulama-e-Islam (Fazl), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter, Tuesday decided to participate in Peace Conference on April 3, hold Dastaar-e-Fazeelat congregation for over 5,000 graduates of religious seminaries on May 31 and contest local bodies' elections under tri-party coalition.

The executive council also strongly condemned the attack on Dr Khalid Mehmood Sumroo and Sindh Assembly's resolution against the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII). Maulana Attaur Rahman presided over the meeting here at party's central office. Reacting upon the resolution against the CII, they strongly condemned the move and termed it violation of the constitution. They said that it was regrettable that resolution against Islam came from Sindh, which is also called Bab-e-Islam (door of Islam).

The meeting briefly discussed the existing political situation of the country. It was also decided to complete nominations for LG polls under tri-partite coalition in the district till April 15.