Shazia Marri sends legal notice to reporter for fake news

Former federal Minister for Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety Shazia Marri addressing a press convention at Press Information Department on this undated symbol. — APP
  • Notice states reporter falsely reported NAB “raid” on Marri’s area.
  • Reads “irresponsible and false” Tweet is “defamatory”, “dishonest”.
  • Warns reporter of Rs10 billion damages if he does no longer apologise. 

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) former lawmaker Shazia Atta Marri on Monday despatched a legal notice to an area reporter for defamation through sharing fake news about her.

The legal notice despatched beneath Section 8 of the Defamation Ordinance 2002 and Section 20 of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (Peca), 2016, states that the reporter “falsely tweeted” that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had “confiscated Rs97 billion during a raid” at Marri’s place of dwelling.

“That the irresponsible and false Tweet, which has been printed salaciously, is not just flawed, however is defamatory and cheating, however the utmost assurance and impunity with which the similar has been printed through you [reporter], realizing to be false, is a planned try to malign our consumer, in conjuncture to besmirching her dignity and popularity, either one of that are crimes with penal penalties.”

Sharing the legal notice on microblogging website online X, previously referred to as Twitter, Marri mentioned she has despatched the legal notice to all peddlers of fake and baseless news about her.

“I’m proud of the fact that in my 21[years] of political journey, I’ve worked hard with sincerity & dedication. My conscience is satisfied that both as an elected member & minister, I’ve served the [people] with integrity,” she wrote on X. 

The notice rebutted the “fake news”, announcing that no such raid through any reliable authority were performed and mentioned that the “outlandish and farcical” had led to Marri nice psychological misery and injured her popularity.

“The indolent and false reporting through you [reporter], except being defamatory and flawed, continues to belittle true journalism and journalist, who painstakingly endeavour to record and discover the reality, in keeping with info, and truthful reporting,” it added.

The notice referred to as upon the reporter to smooth an unconditional public apology at the similar or equivalent discussion board as X inside of 14 days of this notice and delete the Tweet.

It additional warned the reporter that during case of failure in doing the above, legal complaints of Rs10 billion damages or prison complaints will likely be initiated towards him. 

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