LAHORE: PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif said on Friday his lawyers had still not received a substantive response from British tabloid Daily Mail in defence of its claim against him.

“Daily Mail stated last month that it would respond to our legal notice on or before Aug 22 & journalist David Rose tweeted on Aug 17 that it would be “shortly”.

My lawyers, however, still have not received a substantive response from Daily Mail in defence of their claims against me,” Shahbaz Sharif tweeted on Friday.

He said: “Daily Mail says that I will receive one “as soon as we can”, but do not say when this will be.”

Mr Rose however responded on Twitter saying “The Mail sent a letter to his lawyers several days ago. Perhaps they have forgotten to tell him? We absolutely reject the suggestion we published a forged story.”

The Daily Mail had published a report accusing Shahbaz of embezzling millions of pounds of aid given by the UK for earthquake relief victims and schools. Shahbaz termed the report baseless and accused Prime Minister Imran Khan of planting the fabricated story against him.

Published in Dawn, August 24th, 2019