In 2018, Reham Khan, a journalist, was additionally likened to a historic Pakistani feminine determine
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s former spouse, Reham Khan, has gained “substantial” damages and obtained an apology from a Pakistani information channel over defamatory allegations by a authorities minister throughout a present final yr.
At a listening to within the High Court in London on Monday, Justice Matthew Nicklin was knowledgeable concerning the apology and undisclosed damages agreed between the events.
Reham Khan, a British nationwide of Pakistani-origin, launched the authorized proceedings over a broadcast entitled ‘On the Front with Kamran Shahid’ on Dunya TV in June 2018, throughout which she mentioned Sheikh Rasheed, the present Federal Minister of Railways in Pakistan, made very severe and completely false allegations towards her.
“The most serious allegation that he made was to claim that our client had colluded with her ex-husband”s political rivals, the Pakistan Muslim League, and accepted a substantial payment from or on behalf of its leader, Mr Shehbaz Sharif, in return for writing her autobiography,” mentioned Alex Cochrane from Hamlins LLP, who represented Reham Khan within the Royal Courts of Justice in London.
“Dunya TV has now made a full and unequivocal public apology to our client and it has accepted that she never received any payments from Mr Shehbaz Sharif or anyone in the Pakistan Muslim League for her book. Dunya TV has also given an undertaking not to repeat these false allegations about our client and they have paid her substantial damages and all her legal costs,” he mentioned.
The courtroom heard that through the telecast final yr, Reham Khan, a journalist and broadcaster, was additionally likened to a historic Pakistani feminine determine referred to as “Budhan Bai”, who was a well known courtesan, as a part of a collection of “slurs” upon her fame.
Dunya TV, a 24-hour Urdu language information and present affairs tv channel which has a licence to broadcast within the UK, mentioned that it accepts that the allegations made by the visitor commentator, Sheikh Rasheed, have been “wholly untrue”.
“The Defendant (Dunya News Limited) accepts that there was and is no truth in the allegations advanced during the broadcast and is happy to set the record straight and apologise to the Claimant (Reham),” notes the courtroom order.
Reham Khan had additionally complained to the UK’s media watchdog, the Office of Communications (OFCOM), within the wake of the published final yr. In February this yr, that grievance had been upheld by OFCOM.
At the conclusion of her authorized battle, the mediaperson whose controversial memoir titled ”Reham Khan” made references to her marriage to Imran Khan earlier than their divorce in 2015, mentioned she felt “fully vindicated”.
She mentioned in a press release: “I am glad that justice has finally prevailed. It took me a long legal battle to prove my innocence and the fact that I was victimised and defamed by Dunya and several other news channels for business and political gains”.
“It”s hurtful that sections of Pakistani media and politicians linked with PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf) made false allegations figuring out effectively that these allegations lacked any fact. I hope that my victory and vindication serves as a catalyst for moral journalism and sincere politics in Pakistan.
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