Reham Khan wins “substantial” damages, receives an apology from a news channel over defamatory allegations
I see my victory as a win for all the women in Pakistan who suffer character assassination by male-controlled society.
- London High Court acknowledged that Pakistani TV channel had made numerous serious accusations about Reham Khan.
- Dunya TV accepts that the claims made by Sheikh Rasheed were entirely false.
Reham Khan, a Libyan-born British Pakistani journalist, author and ex-wife of the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, has won “substantial” detriment and an apology from a private Pakistani television channel due to libelous allegations by a government minister that was broadcast in the UK last year.
London High Court acknowledged that Pakistani TV chanel had made numerous serious accusations about Reham Khan, which also includes that she had conspired with her ex-husband’s political rivals in the Pakistan Muslim League and she had acquired considerable amount from or on behalf of Shehbaz Sharif.
“Sheikh Rasheed called my client a woman of worst morals than a prostitute. An allegation that caused distress to my client and her family and damaged her reputation considerably,” Reham’s lawyer.
Reham Khan instigated the official minutes over a broadcast entitled ‘On the Front with Kamran Shahid’ on Dunya TV in June 2018. She said in a program that Sheikh Rasheed, made very serious and entirely false claims against her. Dunya TV accepts that the claims made by Sheikh Rasheed were entirely false.
Reham had also criticized the Office of Communications (OFCOM), this year in February that complaint had been verified by OFCOM.
Moreover, Reham Khan was accused of pursuing money from contenders of PTI after she wrote her portrayals related to her marital life with Imran Khan. Sheikh Rasheed, Hamza Abbasi, Fawad Chaudhry, Salman Ahmed, and several anchors made declarations’ on TV in June 2018.
Full & unequivocal apology
Reham Khan’s lawyer, said: “The television program made very serious allegations about our client that are entirely false. She had no alternative other than to take legal action to vindicate her reputation. I am happy to say that the channel has now given Reham Khan a full and unequivocal apology in the High Court in London”.
Reham Khan said: “I am glad that justice has finally prevailed. It took me a long legal battle to prove my innocence. I was victimized and defamed by this and several other news channels for business and political gains”.
Reham further added that I could not explain how hurtful the allegations were that I had to face from Pakistani media and PTI politicians. I see my victory as a win for all the women in Pakistan who suffer character assassination by male-controlled society.
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