Shehbaz Sharif serves legal notice to Daily Mail over embezzlement claims

July 26, 2019

LAHORE: Former Punjab Chief Minister (CM) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif on Friday has sent a legal notice to British newspaper Daily Mail, online news site Mail Online, and its journalist David Rose for accusing him of embezzlement in earthquake victims aid in an article published on Sunday, 14 July 2019. 

According to details, Daily Mail reporter David Rose has also been made party in the notice that termed Daily Mail’s claim of misusing aid money as baseless. 

Will take every step to save my reputation, fame and character, Shehbaz Sharif said in the notice. PML-N president said that denied the allegations in the strongest possible terms stating that David Rose made false allegations which states that Shehbaz misappropriated UK taxpayer s money in the form of DFID aid intended for the affectees of 2005 earthquake.

Shehbaz Sharif expressed, “I am utterly appalled by these allegations. It is disgusting for the Mail to claim that I stole money from a fund for earthquake victims. Clearly were there any evidence in support of this, or any of the other allegations contained in the article against me, then I would have been arrested and charged.”

Leader of the Opposition said that it appeared to be another politically motivated campaign against him and his family by the the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-led government. He added that according to the article, Prime Minister Imran Khan granted the journalist “exclusive access to some of the results of a high-level probe including a ‘confidential investigation report’ and highly unusually access to “interview key witnesses held on remand in jail”.

He continued saying that he was living in the United Kingdom in exile when the earthquake happened in 2005. 

Shehbaz Sharif concluded expressing that he value his professional and personal reputation very highly and will remove these allegations by pursuing these claims through the courts of England and Wales if necessary.