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Wednesday Jul 06 2022
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Suleman serves Rs1bn defamation notice to Ismail over solar panel business allegations

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Web Desk
PTI leader Imran Ismail (left) and Suleman Shehbaz, the son of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. — APP/Facebook/File
PTI leader Imran Ismail (left) and Suleman Shehbaz, the son of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. — APP/Facebook/File

  • Suleman Shehbaz’s legal team sends Rs1bn defamatory notice to Imran Ismail.
  • Notice served over solar business allegations.
  • “Everything in defamatory tweets is nothing but pack of lies.”


Suleman Shehbaz, the son of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, has served a defamation notice worth Rs1 billion to PTI leader Imran Ismail for alleging that he owned a solar panel business and was taking undue benefits from the government.

Suleman’s legal team, in the notice served to Ismail, stated that the former Sindh governor’s claims were far from the truth and that their client did not own a company that sells solar panels.

“...everything in those defamatory tweets is nothing but a pack of lies,” the notice read.

In his tweets on July 3, Ismail had alleged that instead of strengthening ties with Turkey during his visit last month, PM Shehbaz had signed solar energy contracts with Ankara, which would benefit Suleman.

The notice asked Ismail to do the following if he wishes to avoid legal action:

  • Immediately remove the defamatory tweets;
  • Post a tweet publicly apologising to Suleman;
  • Issue a written apology to Suleman;
  • Abstain from further baseless allegations;
  • Pay a sum of Rs1 billion for loss and damages to Suleman.

The legal counsel of Suleman warned Ismail that if he does not fulfil the requirements within 14 days of receiving this notice, then legal action will be taken against the former governor.

'Stand by my claim'

In response, the ex-governor said he welcomes the notice, but asked in what capacity the prime minister’s son had sent him the notice.

“The person who is a fugitive has sent me a notice. I stand by my claim of solar panels. The Sharif family is a business mafia, which uses the country for its businesses.”