Former Pakistan captain Imran Khan, who is a politician now, faces libel charges of Rs20 billion from the current Pakistan Muslim League-N party. The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief had earlier summoned former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry of rigging the 2013 general election. Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry claimed from Imran Khan in damages a token sum of Rs15 billion only and another Rs5 billion only as damages for mental agonies, torture, harassment, humiliation, caused to him as well as his family.
He also said that he would withdraw his claim if the PTI chief tendered an unconditional apology. If Imran fails to apologize, he will face legal proceeding against him. Copies of the notice were shared with the press at the Supreme Court by Sheikh Ehsanuddin, former president of the Rawalpindi High Court Bar Association (RHCBA), Islamabad District Bar President Naseer Kiani and former RHCBA President Taufiq Asif. The notice mentions a number of Khan’s press conferences, where he spoke disparagingly about the former chief justice, calling him an ‘Indian umpire’ for his alleged role in rigging elections, in collaboration with a particular media house. Two lawyers had filed petitions against the PTI chief citing that the statements made by him slandered the former chief justice and other judges of the Supreme Court.
In 1996, Khan founded a political party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). Imran Khan supported General Pervez Musharraf’s military takeover in 1999, believing Musharraf would “end corruption, clear out the political mafias”.
Imran Khan is indisputably the greatest cricketer to emerge from Pakistan, and arguably the world’s second-best all-rounder after Garry Sobers. Few would dispute that Imran was the finest cricketer Pakistan has produced, or the biggest heartthrob. He also made himself into an all-rounder worth a place for his batting alone, and captained Pakistan as well as anyone, rounding off his career with the 1992 World Cup. Imran Khan has played 88 Tests and 175 One Day Internationals in his cricket career. He collected 3807 runs from test and 3709 runs from ODI. He took 362 Test wickets and 182 ODI wickets.
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