ISLAMABAD- Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday withdrew his reply to the former Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry’s defamation notice.

Talking to media, Hamid Khan said he has withdrawn the reply on the direction of his leader Imran Khan.

According to Justice Iftikhar’s lawyer Sheikh Ahsan ud Din, under the Defamation Ordinance 2002 and the Supreme Court judgments reply to defamation notice could not be withdrawn. He said the PTI chairman in his reply had praised Justice Chaudhry, but now Imran Khan criticizing his own counsels.

Advocates Hamid Khan and Ahmed Awais on the instruction of Imran Khan had sent the reply to the former chief justice. The counsels appreciated the exercise of self-restraint and tolerance shown by Justice Iftikhar and hoped he will continue to do so.

The former chief justice under section 8 of Defamation Ordinance 2002 had sent notice to Imran Khan for the recovery of Rs20 billion as damages for mental agony, torture, harassment, humiliation, caused to the family and damaging the reputation and image of the ex-CJP.

“We believe it may not be appropriate for former Chief Justice of Pakistan to enter into any personal litigation.” “There was no nefarious design on our client’s part and he never meant to cause any mental agony or torture or harassment or humiliation to you and injury to your reputation,” the reply said.

Imran’s reply said whatever has been said by our client was an expression of disappointment due to the failure or the ECP and the judiciary to dispense justice to him and the PTI at every level. The language used may not be appropriate but unfortunately so is the nature of discourse during public meetings and political press conferences. “It was only expression of protest and disappointment.”