LONDON: President Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday said he had filed a lawsuit against a journalist of Daily Mail on Sunday for allegation levelled against him of money laundering.
“The article was written against me on political basis. The fabricated story was published on directive of Prime Minister Imran Khan,” Shehbaz Sharif said while addressing a press conference in London. He has filed a defamation lawsuit against the journalist in the London High Court.
The lawyer of the PML-N leader said upon inquiry, they did not get a satisfactory reply from the newspaper, therefore they approached the court.
The journalist David Rose had claimed, “Legal documens allege that Shahbaz’s son-in-law received about one million pounds from the fund established to rebuild the lives of earthquake victims – to which DFID gave 54 million pounds from UK taxpayers’ money.
“Investigators have launched inquiries into alleged thefts from DFID-funded schemes to give poor women cash to lift them out of poverty.
“Stolen millions were laundered in Birmingham and then allegedly transferred to Shehbaz’s family’s accounts by UK branches of banks including Barclays and HSBC.”
In a tweet in Oct, 2019, David Rose had said, “A pity that his (Shehbaz’s) own family is alleged to have stolen and money-laundered billions of rupees, much of it via the UK, while he was chief minister.”