ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan, on Monday apologised to former Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry for use of ‘inappropriate’ words against him, a private news channel reported.
Khan, in his response to ex-CJ’s defamation notice, said that the entire nation respects the CJ for standing up to a dictator and appreciates his services.
He further said that his words’ selection was ‘wrong’ and ‘inappropriate’ and he was speaking under emotions of ‘disappointment’ over election rigging.
“It was unintentional, ” he added, hoping that the former CJ forgives him.
In July, the former CJ sent a defamation notice worth Rs20 billion to Khan under section 8 of the Defamation Ordinance, 2002.
“I claim from you in damages a token sum of Rs15 billion only and another Rs5 billion only as damages for mental agonies, torture, harassment, humiliation, etc, caused to me as well as my family,” stated the CJ in the notice.
He said that the PTI chief’s speeches and press conferences were calculated with “the underlying mischief of harassing me and my family members and you have succeeded in damaging my reputation and image.”
He added that would withdraw his claim if the PTI chief tendered an unconditional apology or agreed to pay Rs20 billion within a period of 14 days.