"These allegations were false and untrue."
Imran Khan’s former special assistant has won a defamation case against the Pakistani Prime Minister’s ex-wife, Reham Khan.
Zulfi Bukhari was paid £50,000 in damages from the journalist at London’s High Court for a defamatory video and tweets posted online.
Khan agreed to withdraw all allegations and apologised for uploading the video in question on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
In the video, Khan had asserted that Bukhari “was involved in a corrupt plan with the Prime Minister of Pakistan to sell or acquire the Roosevelt Hotel in New York at an undervalue for his benefit”.
However, according to GeoNews, she told the court:
“These allegations were false and untrue.
“Zulfi Bukhari, as I now understand, was not involved in any corrupt plan with the Prime Minister of Pakistan to sell or acquire the Roosevelt.”
The journalist added that she regretted retweeting three tweets with allegations of corruption, nepotism and embezzlement.
Khan agreed that she will tweet an apology and clarification in both English and Urdu and pin it to her Twitter account for at least three consecutive days.
She also told the court: “I unconditionally apologise to Zulfi Bukhari for the significant distress, upset and embarrassment which these publications have caused him.
“I have agreed to pay Zulfi Bukhari substantial damages for libel and to pay his legal costs.”
Bukhari had won the first round in the defamation case at the Royal Court of Justice in London, where Khan is based after Justice Karen Steyn accepted the defamation claims.
His lawyer Claire Overman proposed the terms of the settlement and both parties entered into negotiations during the trial.
Sayed Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari, more commonly known as Zulfi Bukhari, reacted to the news on Twitter.
“IA one day we’ll have the same law and justice so certain media persons spreading lies and fake news can be taken to task.”
He added that he would also be pursuing a court case against a commissioner.
TRUTH ALWAYS WINS!
Upon court orders,Reham Khan publicly apologises&pays damages for her lies.
IA 1 day we’ll have the same law&justice so certain media persons spreading lies&fake news can be taken to task.This is the result when rule of law is supreme
Next stop:Commissioner Rwp pic.twitter.com/xEKa1YZaQc
— Sayed Z Bukhari (@sayedzbukhari) October 15, 2021
Imran Khan and Reham Khan got married in a low-profile and secret ceremony in January 2015 at his home in Islamabad.
This was the second marriage for both of them after Imran Khan parted with his first wife, Jemima Goldsmith in 2004. They have two children together.
Reham Khan was first married to Ijaz Rehman in 1993. They parted ways in 2005.
Imran Khan and Reham Khan announced their divorce on Friday, October 30, 2015.