LAHORE – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, through his lawyer Salman Raja, has issued a legal notice to senior PML-N leader Khawaja Asif over flinging insult at him on at an August 1 press conference.

A statement of the PTI issued on Tuesday quoting the legal notice stated that Khawaja Asif was legally liable for each instance of the publication, republication, broadcast, re-broadcast, receipt communication and reporting of the defamatory material uttered along with false allegations against Imran. The legal notice to Khawaja Asif demands an unconditional apology and payment of damages to the tune of Rs 10 billion for the defamation caused in Pakistan and around the world by these scurrilous allegations.

It said, “You have purposely made insidious remarks on Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust alleging that its chairman Imran Khan has indulged in money laundering.”

“You have insidiously alleged misuse of the Endowment Fund of the Shaukat Khanum Hospital to discredit the integrity and transparency of affairs at Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust.”

It also said, “You have incited and induced the public across Pakistan and world not to make any donations to Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust. By this action you have caused harm to not only this national institution but also the poor and indigent patients who rely upon the financial sustenance of Zakat donations for their treatment.”

It added, “You have tried to cause harm to impeccable reputation of Imran Khan, who enjoys eminent public standing being the founder and chairman of the Board of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust and a political leader in whom a growing number of Pakistanis have immense faith.”