PPP politician Qadir Mandokhel has been handed a legal notice by Special Assistant to Punjab Chief Minister on Information Firdous Ashiq Awan for making ‘very rude, obscene, and provocatively obscene statements towards’ her during a talk show.
On Wednesday night, a video appeared online showing the two politicians fighting on Javed Chaudhary’s current affairs programme, Kal Tak. It also shows Mandokhel being slapped by CM’s assistant.
Both are blaming one other for the incident, which has sparked widespread outrage on social media.
The notification adds, “…you [Mandokhel] uttered defamatory statements (hereafter the “Defamatory Statements”) and made false, politically driven, and ludicrous claims against my Client without a shred of proof or factual foundation.”
In the notice, Awan’s legal team stated, “My client has been the victim of harassment and contempt on national television in an attempt to deter her from her pro-active involvement in politics and the welfare of this country and its residents.”
وکلاء سے مشاورت کے بعد پیپلزپارٹی کے قادر مندوخیل کے خلاف قانونی چارہ جوئی کا آغاز کردیا ہے۔ تاکہ آئندہ کسی بھی خاتون کے ساتھ بدتمیزی اور گھٹیا رویہ اختیار کرنے کا راستہ روکا جائے۔ قانونی نوٹس جلد انہیں موصول ہوجائے گا! pic.twitter.com/2mKGD8QTj7
— Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan (@Dr_FirdousPTI) June 10, 2021
It also called Mandokhel’s accusations inaccurate and unjustified.
The PPP leader has been requested to recant his remarks and apologise unconditionally.
“Pay RS. 10,000,000,00/- as compensation for irreparable harm to the client’s prestige; and Rs 40,00,000/- as legal fee, failing which, the undersigned have been ordered to commence legal proceedings against you at your own risk and “Defamation Ordinance, 2002, relevant parts of the Pakistan Penal Code, Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 201h, and other enabling laws of the land,” states the notification.