- Bushra Bibi notifies Maryam of corruption allegations.
- Unconditional apology requested from Maryam for defamation within 7 days.
- Message warns PML-N leader of criminal case if allegations are not dropped.
ISLAMABAD: Bushra Bibi, the wife of former Prime Minister Imran Khan, filed a legal notice on Thursday against the chief organizer of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Maryam Nawaz, for libel over corruption allegations.
The former first lady sent a legal notice through her counsel, Faisal Farid Advocate, the leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
The notice seeks an unconditional apology from Maryam for allegedly slandering Bushra Bibi within seven days.
The message stated that the ruling party leader made false and baseless allegations against the ex-premier’s wife in Lahore on May 1.
The legal notice warned that criminal proceedings would be initiated against the PML-N stalwart if she did not withdraw her allegations against the former first lady.
The text of the speech, in which Mariam allegedly hurled allegations, is also part of the legal notice.
The message states that Maryam is conducting an “evil campaign” to discredit Bushra Bibi and her family.
The development comes two days after PTI senior leader Fawad Chaudhry announced that Bushra Bibi had decided to file a criminal case against the PML-N leader over bribery allegations.
The senior vice president of the PTI had said at a press conference in Islamabad that the leader of the ruling party alleged that Bushra Bibi took bribes for getting official documents signed by the authorities during the previous PTI-led government.
“She has never taken part in political activities […] she was only seen visiting panahgahs [shelter homes]”, noted the PTI leader.
Despite the fact that the former first lady is an apolitical person, Fawad said, Maryam continued to make accusations against her.
“Therefore, Bushra Bibi has decided to send a legal notice to Maryam Nawaz for making baseless allegations,” he said, adding that the notice will be followed by the filing of a criminal case against the PML-N leader.
Maryam, who is also the senior vice president of the PML-Nhas repeatedly accused the former first lady of receiving bribes — including setting a diamond in exchange for using her influence in official decision-making during the tenure of the Imran Khan-led government.
The PML-N leader had alleged that Farhat Shezadi, a close relative of Bushra Bibi, remained actively involved in running the day-to-day affairs of the Usman Buzdar-led Punjab government and would also receive bribes for official transfer and posts of the officials.
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