London (Web Desk): Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday filed a defamation suit in the London High Court against journalist David Rose and Daily Mail & General Trust (DMGT) — the publishers of the Mail Online and Mail on Sunday.
Addressing a press conference at the offices of British law firm Carter-Ruck by Alasdair Pepper and Antonia Foster, who are representing Shehbaz in his legal case against the paper, Pakistan Muslim League (N) leader said that the defamation claim has been issued at the London High Court’s Queen’s Bench Division against defendants DMGT and David Rose, author of the story.
Shehbaz said that he was determined to prove that allegations against him were false, baseless and politically motivated to malign him. Punjab’s former chief minister regretted that the Mail publications made allegations without any proofs.
In an article published on July 14, 2019 authored by David Rose, the Mail on Sunday had alleged that Shehbaz Sharif and his family stole British taxpayers’ money given to Pakistan’s Earthquake Relief and Reconstruction Authority (ERRA) set up to help the victims of the 2005 Pakistan earthquake.
The paper has alleged that Shehbaz Sharif was involved in corrupting the funds given to Pakistan by British taxpayers.
Shehbaz had first served a legal notice to the newspaper on July 26, alleging that David Rose’s report was “politically motivated”.