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PR No. 98 ADDITIONAL DISTRICT JUDGE SUMMONS ARY CEO, ANCHORS FOR A HEARING Islamabad: June 13, 2016

The spokesperson of the Ministry of Finance said here Monday that Additional District Judge, Islamabad-West has summoned ARY Chief Executive Officer, Salman Iqbal, anchors Arshad Sharif and Assad Kharal to appear for a hearing on 17thJune 2016 on suits filed by the Finance Minister.

The Spokesperson recalled that taking strong exception to the slanderous telecasts and publications against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar by ARY News through its Programme “News @ 3 with Maria Memon” aired on 16th April 2016, legal notices were served on ARY Chief Executive Officer, Salman Iqbal and anchors Arshad Sharif and Assad Kharal for airing libelous content and alleging that Finance Minister held a meeting with Panamian Deputy Minister for Economy, Ivan Zarak in Washington, without seeking any confirmation.

As per the legal notices, the respondents were  called upon to publish apology in reputed Urdu and English dailies and also broadcast the same with prominence within fifteen days of the legal notices. In addition, each of them also had been asked to pay a sum of rupees one billion to the Finance Minister in damages failing which legal proceedings against them would be initiated.

The spokesperson added that the Panamian Deputy Minister, Ivan Zarak had denied such a meeting was ever held with Finance Minister. Furthermore the Panamian Government also sent a message of apology to Finance Minister over the incorrect statement given by their Deputy Minister.

Now the honourable Additional District Judge Islamabad-West has issued summons to the three respondents in this case for a hearing on 17th June 2016.

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