PML-N to sue PTV for airing ‘fake’ news about Junaid Safdar
KARACHI: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has said that it will sue the state-run Pakistan Television (PTV) for wrongly mentioning the name of Junaid Safdar, the son of Maryam Nawaz, in a report on the Pandora Papers.
Party’s information secretary Marriyum Aurangzeb took to Twitter on Sunday and claimed that the PTI government had deliberately created a ‘fake report’ that Junaid owned five offshore companies.
“Those who aired the fake news against Junaid Safdar should apologise,” she added.
جنید صفدر کی آف شور کمپنیوں کی خبر کو حکومت کی پھیلائی فیک نیوز قرار دے دیا، جھوٹی خبر پر پی ٹی وی کے خلاف قانونی کارروائی کی جائے گی
— Marriyum Aurangzeb (@Marriyum_A) October 3, 2021
After Pandora Papers were released on Sunday, revealing names of several ministers of the ruling government and the opposition members as offshore company owners, a couple of news channels had mentioned Junaid’s name as the owner of five offshore enterprises.
In her statement, Aurangzeb accused Prime Minister Imran Khan, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, PTV, and other channels of running a fabricated campaign against her party leader’s son. She also called upon the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to take action against them.
Aurangzeb said, “The king of fake news ‘Imran Khan’ used the state television to run this false news.”
According to the PML-N leader, lawyers were pursuing legal action against PTV for airing ‘the false and baseless news’.
Meanwhile, noticing the ‘fake news’ against her son, PML-N Vice-President Maryam Nawaz was also quick to warn news channels with legal action.
If ARY does not apologise immediately on this fake news, I will take them to the court. Sue them. pic.twitter.com/XZJmDggZjN
— Maryam Nawaz Sharif (@MaryamNSharif) October 3, 2021
Sharing a screengrab of an ARY News report, which mentioned that there were five offshore companies on Junaid’s name, she wrote, “If ARY does not apologise immediately on this fake news, I will take them to the court. Sue them.”
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