PR No.11 Defamation Suits Filed Against Ceo, Anchorperson Of Ary Islamabad: April 1, 2016

A spokesman for the Finance Minister, Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar said here Friday that the Minister has filed defamation suits against Mr. Salman Iqbal, CEO ARY Communications and Dr. Shahid Masood, Anchorperson ARY news channel and demanded payment of damages and public apology for damages on account of defamatory telecasts.

The suits, the spokesman added, have been filed in the Court of District Judge, Islamabad, West, under the Defamation Ordinance 2002, for libelous, slanderous and defamatory statements made against the Finance Minister in ARY TV’s show ‘Live with Shahid Masood’ on 20 February, 2016.

The spokesman further said that the Finance Minister has sought a decree against Salman Iqbal and Shahid Masood for payment of Rs 1 billion each, as the damages on account of the defamatory telecasts and publications.

It may be recalled that the Finance Minister had served legal notices on the two individuals more than two weeks ago, seeking their apology for the defamation. However, they did not make amends or furnish reply to the notices, leading to filing of the two separate suits in the Court.