"launching malicious propaganda and false allegations."
Reham Khan has been served a legal notice for allegedly making false allegations in her book.
Communications Minister Murad Saeed accused the journalist of making baseless allegations against him.
Mr Saeed has requested an unconditional apology from Reham within 14 days, otherwise, a defamation suit of Rs. 1 billion (£4.2 million) will be filed against her.
The official statement said: “Tender apology within 14 days from this notice otherwise the court will be requested for her stern punishment and Rs. 1 billion damages.”
Mr Saeed said a few days ago, his ministry got distinction by standing number one among the top 10 ministries due to extraordinary performance.
But the achievement was deemed controversial due to the contents of Reham’s book, which was published in 2018.
Mr Saeed added: “Your book was used as a reference for launching malicious propaganda and false allegations.”
The minister stated that the journalist never contradicted some of the references from her book that were leaked before it was published.
Mr Saeed previously filed a cybercrime case against the editor-in-chief of Daily Jinnah and Online News Agency, Mohsin Baig, for “character assassination” during a talk show.
During the show, Mr Baig and other panellists referenced Reham Khan’s book, implying why Murad Saeed was called a “blue-eyed” minister in the PM’s cabinet.
Around 30 minutes after the case was registered, Mr Baig’s home was raided and he was arrested.
During the first hearing of the cybercrime case, an additional session judge called the raid at Mohsin Baig’s home “illegal” and directed the inspector general of police (IGP) Islamabad to take action against the SHO concerned.
But Prime Minister Imran Khan filed a complaint against the judge for “going beyond his mandate” in passing a judgement apparently favouring Mohsin Baig.
Murad Saeed vowed to take legal action against Reham Khan for “disgracing him and the PM” in her book.
Reham married the PM in 2015. But it was short-lived and the pair divorced in October 2015.
In January 2022, Reham Khan revealed that her car was shot at by gunmen.
She explained that the incident happened as she returned from her nephew’s wedding.
On Twitter, Reham said that two men on motorbikes were responsible.
She went on to blame her ex-husband for creating such a society.
Reham wrote: “On the way back from my nephew’s marriage my car just got fired at and two men on a motorbike held vehicle at gunpoint!
“I had just changed vehicles. My PS and driver were in the car. This is Imran Khan’s New Pakistan?
“Welcome to the state of cowards, thugs and the greedy!”