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Reham’s yet-to-appear book opens Pandora’s box

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  1. chandtara
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    chandtara Mr Cricistan

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    LONDON: A bitter fight has broken out between Imran Khan’s former wife Reham Khan and four individuals who claim that Reham Khan has mentioned them in her upcoming book in defamatory terms.

    On Monday, a letter was released to the media from the PTI showing that Reham Khan’s former husband Ijaz Rehman, former cricketer Wasim Akram, British Pakistani businessman Zulfi Bukhari and Anila Khawaja, British Pakistani female activist linked with PTI, citing “defamatory and malicious” content in her upcoming autobiography.

    A “pre-action defamation protocol” letter, addressed to Reham Khan by a West London law firm, representing Rehman, Akram, Imran Khan’s close aide Zulfi Bukhari and PTI’s media coordinator Anila Khawaja, claims that the manuscript of her purported autobiography titled “Reham Khan” contains a “litany of malicious, false, incorrect, highly misleading, callous, wanton, tortuous, prejudicial, damaging, libelous and defamatory” imputations against its clients.

    A source at law firm confirmed that Zulfi Bukhari has instructed the firm on behalf of himself and three others. The law firm has on its panel Mehtab Aziz, who has previously represented Imran Khan in many legal cases in the UK.

    The letter adds that “our clients will be seeking full redress through the courts for the serious damage and harm” the book is anticipated to inflict on them. Reham Khan's upcoming autobiography has sparked an altercation in both mainstream and social media. It is said to revolve around her marriage to PTI chief Imran Khan, which ended in a divorce mere 15 months later.

    The manuscript of her book was leaked online, which irked several PTI leaders who took to Twitter to accuse her of being part of an "agenda" ahead of the upcoming general election.

    The letter stated that legal action will be initiated in Pakistan too by “Hamza Ali Abbasi, Murad Saeed, Pervaiz Khattak, Umer Farooq, Mohsin Aziz, Asad Umer, Zakir Khan, and Mian Yousaf Salahuddin”.

    It said that “there are defamatory imputations against Sayed Z Bukhari at pages 464 and 539 of the manuscript. Mr Rehman has accused of multiple failings in his marriage through much of the manuscript beginning with the chapter entitled 'The Door’ at page 5. Mr Rehman is portrayed (wrongly our client asserts) as being nasty, mean and cruel. You have accused Mr Rehman of assault at various points in your manuscript which are detailed in Schedule A. At one point you imply that this has gone on for 12 years throughout your marriage but at another point in your manuscript you contradict this when you state that the violence only started after your son Sahir was born.”

    It said that the paragraphs about Wasim Akram were defamatory. The letter said that allegations against Anila Khawaja were baseless. It went on: “Each of our clients is shocked and dismayed by the malicious and false imputations contained in the manuscript and takes serious exception to the same as these are clearly intended to cause harm to their reputation and standing and have the object of defaming our clients. We believe that these manuscripts, contain serious, untrue and highly defamatory comments towards our clients and contain malicious falsehood. Our clients will be seeking full redress through the courts for the serious damage and harm your book is anticipated to no doubt inflict on our clients.”

    The letter demanded of Reham Khan that she should retract all allegations and ensure that the book will not be published or else legal action will be initiated.

    Meanwhile, Reham Khan has said that she has initiated a defamation case against PTI’s Hamza Abbasi seeking damages and apology over his “baseless allegations".

    Reacting to the latest development in the controversy surrounding her upcoming autobiography, Reham said she will not tolerate PTI's baseless allegations.

    "I am being bullied but [they] have [chosen] the wrong woman to go after. I will not tolerate baseless allegations by PTI. I challenge PTI to prove a single allegation against me," she said.

    Reham questioned the joint-legal action by her former husband Ijaz Rehman, former cricketer Wasim Akram, British Pakistani businessman Zulfi Bukhari and British Pakistani PTI official Anila Khawaja.

    "I can't understand how PTI can serve a legal notice on behalf of Dr Ijaz Rehman. Is he a spokesperson, or holds a position in PTI? What you are saying is not a legal notice as far as I understand. It’s worth nothing," she said.

    Reham Khan claimed that the PTI has chosen to fight through the media because it has control over media and anchors and that’s why it decided to leak legal notice to the media as it has lost legal value.

    “I will ask PTI to hire decent people who could advise them on media and defamation laws in the UK,” she said. Reham took a jibe at his former husband's party by saying: "They should change legal counsel. I was saying the same thing during the judicial commission hearing," adding, "When I was in Banigala I used to say the same thing, don't go into what the anchors are saying."

    Reham challenged the party to present proof to back up its allegation that she took £100,000 from Shahbaz Sharif.

    "PTI's allegation is just like another 35 punctures story, full of lies." She added that she has not received any legal notice from the PTI but she has sent a legal notice to PTI leaders for defaming her.

    "We have sent a defamation notice to Hamza Abbasi. We have made it public. Those who we have sent the legal notice, they won't even tweet about it. We have taken them to the court," she said.

    "Hamza Abbasi said that he doesn't have any proof to back up his allegation. PTI has made this its habit, maybe PML-N can tolerate it but Reham Khan won't. I will fight."

    Reham refuted the allegation that former interior minister Ahsan Iqbal arranged any meeting of her with any PML-N senior party member.

    "Let me give free advice to the PTI. The party's social media team should be fired. Include those who can write English and type well. Forgery is illegal, but even if you are doing it at least do it professionally because once you put anything on social media, even if you have deleted it, its record remains there," Reham said.

    INP adds: Reham Khan denied an earlier allegation by Fawad Chaudhry of having met Maryam Nawaz.

    The former journalist and author had remained at the centre of controversy after the manuscript of Reham’s book was leaked online, which irked several Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders who took to Twitter to accuse her of being part of an agenda ahead of the upcoming general elections.

    https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/325589-reham-s-yet-to-appear-book-opens-pandora-s-box
     
  2. iho
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    iho Smooth Operator

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    This is the right approach instead of discussing the filth on electronic media. Hamza gave unnecessary publicity to the book which has not even been published. Any objectionable information in the book without proper evidence cannot escape the defamation laws of England.
     
  3. Mohsin
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    Hamza has been great. Their plan was probably to release the book a couple of weeks before the election with the filth that 'woman' has apparently written being talked about all over the TV 24/7 resulting in BIG dents to Imrans election hopes.

    Remember...people in dehaat dont read books, they watch TV shows and then would have probably voted according to the disgusting stuff included in the book, discussed on TV.

    Hamza basically just conducted a pre-emptive strike. The legal aspect in another aspect.
     
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    It was quite stupid of Hamza to give this kind of publicity to the book and he is not stopping. Even today he revealed additional contents of the book. Now every talk show is discussing these contents. On top PTI leaders are accusing PML-N who then in retaliation are bringing up IK's past and trying to draw a parallel with this book. This is all hurting IK and PTI unnecessarily. I wonder Reham would have been able to publish this book in its current form in the first place without having any consequences with the law suit. She lives in England and I dont think she would have risked publishing this book in the current form. I feel that she deliberately leaked this book however Hamza thinks he obtained it through one of her disgruntled worker. I feel Hamza has fallen into the trap and that is why she is enjoying every bit of it.
     
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    Mohsin Sultan of Swing

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    Yes Reham leaked it so all the defamation lawsuits (by several people) could be filed against her. Makes sense. She also 'leaked' it herself so that she could say that it is a fake 1 day and then threaten Hamza with a lawsuit for illegally obtaining the manuscript (thus admitting its real) the next. Of course. Leave it man.

    Also lmao Reham Ramzan is getting bashed everywhere and i hope she suffers even more. Being served here is no fun so i highly doubt she is 'enjoying' anything. You can try and twist it against Hamza or PTI all you want...but whats happening is indeed happening and out there.
     
  6. iho
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    Unless the book is published, all the defamation lawsuits have zero value. Also she can still accuse Hamza of stealing by disowning the chapters that are controversial and cannot be supported with proofs. Watch this show where in the end PTI leader Ejaz Chaudhary is accepting that its a mistake to discuss this book as its not helping anyone.

    Also the type of woman she is I don't think she cares about the Pakistani media bashing. She is looking at the bigger picture of making money from the book whenever its published
     
  7. Mohsin
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    Mohsin Sultan of Swing

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    Exactly. If the book is published, then you have the legal aspect. If its not published then no one cares, she looks bad and Reham is the loser. Either way, she is in a lose lose situation.

    Re your second point, if she disowns the chapters that are controversial then this helps IK also. Gets rid of the ghatiya bakwaas (which is the main crux/majority of the book) and leaves Reham with nothing really. Media/public start asking why did she feel the requirement to disown her own chapters? Were they really a lie?

    Simple.
     
  8. iho
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    I think her end motive is to make money which she will now after the publicity gained. Don't think she would care about anything else. People will buy the book just to know whats in there and what is not. She can also counter law suit against Hamza and PTI for defaming her of the content she never wrote.
     
  9. Mohsin
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    Mohsin Sultan of Swing

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    Watch her interview with Shahzaib Khanzada from a couple of days ago. She is stuck between a rock and a hard place.
     
  10. iho
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    Lets see where this ends up.
     
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    What could happen if Reham Khan is sued in UK courts?

    LONDON: Imran Khan’s friend Zufli Bukhari has instructed a West London law firm called Sweetman Burke and Sinker to send legal notice to Khan’s former wife Reham Khan but it seems that there are a lot of legal complexities involved and it looks improbable that this case would be assessed for a success and land in front of a judge in the courts of England after the defamation letter was made public.

    Those close to the claimants have started to appear across media challenging the allegations which are part of the defamation claim and discredited Reham and her publishing claims.

    Reham’s former husband Ijaz Rehman, former cricketer Wasim Akram and British-Pakistani Anila Khawaja have jointly launched the claim against her citing “defamatory and malicious” content in her upcoming autobiography.

    Geo News spoke to some of the London’s best A-league defamation lawyers and have gathered the following key facts and scenarios in relation to the battle between Reham and PTI affiliates, who happen to be British nationals.

    1. The firm Sweetman Burke and Sinker that has sent Reham Khan the pre-litigation letter is primarily a firm that looks at Family Law and Injury claims. It doesn’t seem to hold specialists in the area of defamation, but that doesn’t mean this firm cannot run a successful defamation case. But a look at the profile of the firm suggests that it has no defamation case specialty. The biggest issue the law firm will face is the fact that its defamation pre-litigation letter, which it wanted to remain private and confidential under all circumstances, has been leaked by someone – and through the battle fought on media in the public eye and not in a courtroom at a later date.

    2. William Bennett, the person the firm writes as its barrister for the case, is a senior specialist in Libel cases but he is going to be very expensive for the claimants if he takes up the file after signing an agreement with the law firm. It is estimated that a single day cost can vary in between £7,500 to £10,000 depending on the preparation required for the day by him to represent the claimants.

    3. Reham can further apply for an extension to respond for another 14 days on this letter, which will give her a total of 28 days to respond to this pre-litigation letter. But she doesn’t live on the address noted on the legal letter, she has not signed and received it yet.

    4. The claimants have an option to apply for injunction for the book to be halted from publishing, although it is highly unlikely that an injunction will be granted as the court believes in free speech. Even if an injunction is granted, it will be for limited period of time and not for an indefinite period. The chances of an injunction after the leakage of defamation letter are nearly impossible. An injunction order could cost no less than £20,000 and Zulfi Bukhari will have to make a decision whether it’s worth spending that kind of amount which will have an effect for a limited time period.

    5. The case is estimated to cost around £1.2 to £1.5 million to all the claimants, it could cost each claimant around £0.3 to £0.4 million.

    6. There is a hurdle of jurisdiction involved too. If Reham lives in Pakistan and has a Pakistani domicile at the moment, she may claim that the courts in the United Kingdom have no jurisdiction over her.

    7. If the matter goes to the court, Reham Khan can ask people like Wasim Akram, Ijaz Rehman & Anila Khawaja to deposit monies to the court as this is not their jurisdiction. Anila Khawaja has been living in Pakistan for over ten years; Ijaz Rehman moved back to Pakistan few years back and Akram is not domiciled in the UK.

    8. This notice is the first phase of pre-action protocol. After 28 days the legal team can advise to file a court claim form sending the defendant (Reham) an official court notice.

    9. This case will pass through various processes including, claim filing, defence being filed, response to the defence, cost review and then finally the trial. Looking at the court schedules, the trial date could be anywhere in next 12 to 18 months.

    10. It could cost Reham around £0.5 to £0.7 million to defend this case, if she is to hire a top legal firm. She has a property in the UK under her name but it’s worth less than £250,000 and there is mortgage on it too. It is understood that Reham has already put her house with a trust for her three children.

    11. The case can also be settled by Reham by offering each of the defendants a sum that would be considered a loss to their reputation, but the claimants will have to spend a lot of money to make it to the court.

    12. The maximum amount awarded after the recent changes in libel law in UK is £250,000. Reham could be advised to offer each claimant £50,000 to £80,000 and close this case early, depending on a legal advice and assessment and whether or not the case goes to the high court.

    If she makes an offer, the court will consider her offer as her trying to settle the case, and even in case the claimants win, they will not receive high awards.

    https://www.geo.tv/latest/198161-what-could-happen-if-reham-khan-is-sued-in-uk-courts
     
  12. Mohsin
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    Geo should stay away from how the British legal process works.
     
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    chandtara Mr Cricistan

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    Jemima speaks out against Reham Khan’s ‘libellous’ book

    LONDON: Jemima Goldsmith, the former wife of PTI Chairman Imran Khan has said that she had been assured on Reham Khan's upcoming book that it's too libellous to be published in the UK.

    In her tweet here Wednesday, Jemima said if the book is published here in United Kingdom, she would be suing for defamation and breach of privacy on behalf of my (then) 16 yr old son and in relation to the moronic, re-hashed Zionist conspiracy theories.


    Reham is making headlines again after the manuscript of her autobiography was leaked online, angering PTI.

    Defamation Notice
    Reham Khan’s former husband Ijaz Rehman, close aide of Imran Khan Zulfiqar Bukhari, former skipper Pakistan cricket team Wasim Akram and Pakistani origin British woman have sent a defamation notice to Reham over malicious content in her upcoming book.

    The defamation notice has been served to Reham through a London-based law firm.

    In the legal notice, the law firm states that the manuscript of Reham Khan’s upcoming autobiography contains malicious and misleading information regarding its said clients which has hurt them and damaged their repute.

    https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/326437-jemima-speaks-out-against-reham-khans-libellous-book
     
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    Very interesting details are shared.

     
  15. Mohammed Bilal
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    I don’t care about Pakistani politics as it’s too confusing as a issue or problem is never discussed however this politics is not for a shareef insaan like Imran, it’s unfortunate he fell for a hottie but she turned out to be a bad person.

    The only reason I take a small amount of interest in it is because I belive if Imran comes to power our cricket will improve as he will bring merit into place.

    Off course it’s my dream to see Pakistan lift a WC and Win Tests in SA and Aus, that will not happen if there is no merit.
     
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    @iho this simple detail from billy should be easy for you to understand and you should stop the rant why he married to Reham.
     
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    Like to share my post from the other thread.

    Did some digging and found something very interesting.

    In 90's there was a similar book 'My Feudal Lord' came to fore, which was written by Tehmina Durrani. This douchebag Hussain Haqqani was also indulged back then too.

    So its PML-N and NS history to do this dirty, nasty tricks against their opponents. On one hand they use 'women card', on other hand everybody know what they have been doing with Hamza’s wife Ayesha Ahad. Bloody hypocrites.
     
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    You guys got to check out Salman Ahmeds twitter...the guy is KILLING the jhooti aurat.



     
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    25:00 onwards
     
  20. ASLI-PATHAN
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    ASLI-PATHAN Cricistan Khan

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    I would rather believe Reham then this guy Salman.
     
  21. ASLI-PATHAN
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    ASLI-PATHAN Cricistan Khan

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    One thing is certain. Reham had shaken PTI and its supporters to the core. LOL

    Daal mai zaroor kuch kala hai.
     
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    tbh this is the the only face of PTI supporters I have been seeing over the years. Littlest of accusations and they go super retard, start calling names, cussing and losing their mind.
     
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    If someone accuses you of being gay you will be shaken to the core and defend yourself as well.

    And a lot of people will say 'Daal mai zaroor kuch kala hai' LOL
     
  24. ASLI-PATHAN
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    ASLI-PATHAN Cricistan Khan

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    LOL what an example Zeeraq babu. I would just slap the person to bring him in his senses.
     
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    If Reham can accuse someone don't you think Hamza and others have a tight to defend themselves?

    There is no 'Daal mai zaroor kuch kala hai' type scenario here.
     
  26. ASLI-PATHAN
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    ASLI-PATHAN Cricistan Khan

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    I am not talking about Hamza or other individuals. I am talking about the ripples among the general supporters of PTI like yourself.
     
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    ASLI-PATHAN Cricistan Khan

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    Anyways we can't know for sure who is telling the truth and who is lying so better keep away from this mess.
     
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    So what are you implying?

    Because PTI supporters are shaken to the core that means the allegations are true? That's a bad assumption.
     
  29. ASLI-PATHAN
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    ASLI-PATHAN Cricistan Khan

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    Daal mai kuch kala means there is some truth in this.

    Anyways as I said above we can't know exactly so better to not accuse anyone.
     
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    In the first sentence you are kind of accusing and contradicting it in the next sentence.

    That's what I am saying at this point it is hard to know what is the truth? Because these are serious allegations and should be dealt with properly.

    If Reham allegations are right, I'll not support PTI anymore.
     
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    @Zeeraq the nature of most PTI supporters behaviors makes us (well not me cuz I don't give a f) believe that something is indeed fishy

    cuz if you know you're not what others are claiming you to be. You will politely reply by saying its false and let the dog bark
     
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    I said "SOME" truth because PTI's supporters seems to be shaken by these allegations.

    This is just my assessment. I am not accusing anyone at this point and also not giving clean chits too.
     
  33. Zeeraq
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    That's not how Social Media works, everything is discussed and dissected to death.
     
  34. Patriot
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    majority of PTI supporters go OTT compared to supporters from other parties
     
  35. Zeeraq
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    Majority of PTI supporters use social media and majority of other party supporters don't so their gossip is limited to real life interactions - nothing unusual is happening.
     
  36. Patriot
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    so you're saying majority of supporters from other parties are maturer.
     
  37. Zeeraq
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    No they are not if you meet them. Try to have a argument with a typical PTI, PML-N and PPP supporter and tell me who is maturer.
     
  38. Patriot
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    I have and I have very little experience of getting abused by them.
     
  39. Zeeraq
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    Hmmm so PTI supporters have abused you in real life? It hasn't been my experience.
     
  40. Patriot
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    I haven't interacted PTI supporters in real life, only interacted with PLMN and PPP

    though I have sit in taxis who are PTI supporters but they weren't chest beating, some of them were even weighing 50-50 trust on IK

    Once I met a taxi driver who after finding out that I dont support PMLN raised the fare
     

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