Fake news mill: PM Imran Khan’s step against Najam Sethi should be appreciated

Prime Minister Imran Khan sent defamation notice worth Rs 10 billion on Saturday.


  • After senior anchor Najam Sethi made absurd claims about PM Imran Khan’s personal lives, the premier has decided to take action against him.

  • Prime Minister Imran Khan sent defamation notice worth Rs 10 billion on Saturday.

  • The step should be appreciated. Fake news mill should be stopped.


Prime Minister Imran Khan sends defamation notice to senior anchor Najam Sethi for misleading reports about premier’s personal life. The counsel of PM Imran Khan Babar Awan sent defamation notice worth Rs 10 billion.

The legal notice states that no leniency will be shown to propaganda and fake news against the Prime Minister, particularly in subjects dealing with his private lives. Azhar Laghari, central head of public relations of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, shared the notice in a tweet from his personal profile.

Najam Sethi in his program on the channel 24 news claimed on 28th March 2019 that divorce is not cards between Prime Minister Imran and the first lady Bushra Maneka.

“You can understand well now that you have married yourself. You know well that if there is no love and peace between a couple, these problems can occur,” Sethi said. 

The legal notice further shows that Imran Khan filed the suit in his capacity as Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf and not as the Prime Minister of Pakistan. Premier’s step should be appreciated because it will serve as an example for those who resort to fake news rhetoric and use matters of personal nature for political gains.

Fake news campaigns in Pakistan are mostly associated with geopolitical intrigue or election benefits. Not only will accountability serve as a shut-up call for the propaganda news mill, but it will also help redirection the political sphere.

Digital and media platforms are failing to assume their responsibility for the dissemination of lies and the consequences of it. However, holding them accountable will serve as an effective strategy to tackle the issue.

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