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Daily Mail apologises to PM Shehbaz over 'false accusations'

Daily Mail apologises to PM Shehbaz over 'false accusations'

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Daily Mail apologises to PM Shehbaz over 'false accusations'

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – British tabloid “Daily Mail” on Thursday has apologized to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif for accusing him of corruption in flood funds in an article published in 2019.

The counsels of the tabloid informed the court that the publication had withdrawn all allegations against the Prime Minister.

In a clarification, the publication wrote: "In an article concerning Mr Shahbaz Sharif entitled ‘Did the family of Pakistani politician who has become the poster boy for British overseas aid STEAL funds meant for earthquake victims’ published on 14 July 2019 we reported on an investigation by Pakistan’s National Accountability Bureau into Mr Sharif and suggested that the money under investigation included a not insubstantial sum of British public money that had been paid to the Punjab province in DFID grant aid".

Daily Mail defamation case: British court quashes stay order of PM Shehbaz

Last year in November, the British court quashed the stay order of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in the Daily Mail defamation case.

The lawyers of the Prime Minister asked the court to give him [Shehbaz] more time to respond, but the court refused to give the premier more time.

The court said, “Shehbaz Sharif and his son-in-law Ali Imran have yet to respond to the Daily Mail’s defence in court. They will also be responsible for the Daily Mail’s legal costs if they fail to react to the court notification”.

The lawyers said, "Because Pakistan’s premier is busy, more time should be given to respond, to which Justice Matthew Niklin responded that the Prime Minister and the common man are equal in court".