KARACHI:The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) on Tuesday filed a Rs 5 billion defamation suit against Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan at the Sindh High Court for issuing statements against MQM chief Altaf Hussain, DawnNews reported.

Talking to media persons at the SHC premises on the occasion of filing the libel suit, MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar said that half an hour after senior PTI leader Zehra Shahid Husain was killed on the eve of re-polls in Karachi's NA-250 constituency, the bed-ridden PTI chief had levelled allegations against Altaf Hussain.

Sattar added at that time that no case had been registered nor had any investigations taken place yet Imran Khan had announced his verdict.

He further said that the PTI chief should tender an apology for levelling baseless allegations against Altaf Hussain.

MQM's Senator Farogh Nasim said that a notice in this regards was sent to PTI chief Imran Khan earlier as well but no reply was received from him.

He further said that the defamation suit was the first step of many more to come.

Addressing journalists in London, Imran Khan had held the British government responsible for the murder of Zehrah Shahid Husain.

He had further said that the British government should restrain its citizens from spreading violence in Pakistan, a reference to the chief of the MQM who also happens to be a British national.

Khan's statement was criticised by MQM leaders and workers.

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July 23, 2013 2:31 pm

I think we can pay off our debts with all the money gathered by these defamation cases.

July 23, 2013 2:58 pm

Another joke , why defamation case against Imran K ? Is n't 400,000 British pounds recovered from supremo's house in London enough to fill MQM kitty ?

Ali Shah
July 23, 2013 3:12 pm

MQM is just hilarious. Farooq Sattar's life must be under threat to do something lol

Ali S
July 23, 2013 3:42 pm

Personally I'm surprised that MQM is fighting PTI through the courts.

I hope that soon all political parties in Pakistan will settle their scores through the court - it's the civilized way.

Abdullah Hussain
July 23, 2013 5:08 pm

I think Imran Khan is playing on the wrong foot. Being a national leader he needs to show more maturity & restrain. His outburst against a political party will not do any good for his party. In case his dream against MQM chief does not get materialized then Imran Khan & his PTI will have a major setback. Democracy & national politics should not be iron hard, flexibility should be the key tool of a leader that IK lacks. With all his efforts before election he could not even become an opposition leader in the house.

July 23, 2013 5:21 pm

I think this defamation request is good. And I am hoping that Mr. Hussain's video and report from BBC2 LIVE, should be played over and over again. - I feel it sounds true to the core....

khalid s sheikh
July 23, 2013 5:44 pm

There is much more behind the 400000 pounds LOL.The money was being used for buying properties.That ofcourse is called Money laundering.So innocent Farooq Sattar instead of suing I.K should sue the British Govt for saying this LOL.

July 23, 2013 6:24 pm

Its a very good news. Now IK will have one more chance to present the proofs to courts which he didn't earlier when he promised to do so at scotland yard. My worry is that these all proofs can be dismissed by a human judge who has a family and lives in Karachi (have to think of A Bhai) as it has happened in Ajmal Pahari case who was released after all mess up.

July 23, 2013 6:30 pm

Court is the final authority to judge if someone is a killer MQM did the right thing to go into court against IK. He is no one to judge.

July 23, 2013 6:56 pm

Lets start with a case against Altaf Hussain himself, for talking about splitting Karachi from the rest of Pakistan. He sure has the money to pay for the lawsuit.

July 23, 2013 7:19 pm

That should teach immature Imran Khan how to open his mouth responsibly in public and not sound like a rickshawala. Politics in Pakistan is no cricket.

July 23, 2013 7:21 pm

I think IK will soon apologize instead of paying Rs.5BN.

July 23, 2013 7:44 pm

@khalid s sheikh: Is 400,000 pounds greater than other polititians money in foreign banks. Are those hard earned money our corrupt leaders have in banks around the world. If this amount is correct it is peanuts compared to millions others have.

July 23, 2013 7:51 pm

@Ali S: thats the charisma of IK

M aslam
July 23, 2013 7:50 pm

@Abdullah Hussain: Mr. IK has no positive agenda to deliver anything. He can stay in media only by abusing someone. So he started with MQM first, then shifted his guns toward NS and now again towards MQM. He fail in KPK to show any positive sign. His first aim is to collect Zakat and Fitra and built palaces for himself, and the 2nd aim is to fullfill his duty towards international donors by helping NGOs to complete their agenda.

July 23, 2013 7:52 pm

@G.Nabi: just to recover that loss

July 23, 2013 9:14 pm

Hilarious suit. Bhatta rates must be set to rise soon. But Imran Khan should also stop being a loose cannon - a little maturity please. You could say the same thing in more measured language. Life goes on

July 23, 2013 9:23 pm

why after so long. Is it another chess move to prove to Met Police that we are innocent

July 23, 2013 9:40 pm

Finally! MQM should stop being nice and return a befitting reply to all these immature politicians.

July 23, 2013 10:03 pm

Well done MQM- This is the right step in right direction.

Sami Ullah Swati
July 23, 2013 10:02 pm

Wait a minute. Altaf is a British National by Choice. Why don't he go to British courts for his defemation case than Pakistani courts, which he abandoned years ago even though he is wanted in so many cases!!! Someone tell me the logic of MQM>>>

July 24, 2013 12:47 am

Poor Mr. Sattar, I feel sorry for him. He must have been given plenty of threats by Altaf to defend him that way. Money laundering, open threats like "boriyaan tayyar hein" was all made up? I'm sure he wasn't talking about "Aatey ki boriyaan" to be distributed among poor folks. Can't wait for the British Government to throw Altaf in prison or even better, cancel his citizenship and deport him to Pakistan.

July 25, 2013 8:02 pm

@Sami Ullah Swati: The lawsuit is filed by MQM (not Altaf), a political party that is registered and operates in Pakistan. Secondly, the defendant, Imran Khan is a Pakistani citizen, so why would the UK court register and hear a case against a person who is not a citizen of their country and who does not reside in the country? Its not rocket science, anyone with half a brain can understand the logic here.

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