Special Assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan, Zulfi Bukhari has sued Reham Khan for defamation at the Royal Court of Justice in London over accusations she made in a tweet against him that he had personal interest in the alleged sale of Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan.
The announcement was made by Reham Khan in a statement on Twitter saying that Zulfi Bukhari has taken legal action for libel at the Royal Court of Justice in London High Court against her asking the public for donations of up to £30,000 to fight the case.
To fight for my right to talk about the Roosevelt Hotel case I will need the support of all my friends & followers against Zulfi Bukhari in the London High Court.
Here is the link to my official crowd funding page
— Reham Khan (@RehamKhan1) August 23, 2020
Reham posted a link, hosted by her son Sahir Khan, giving some details of the lawsuit.
On December 6, Reham Khan in an online livestream on YouTube claimed that Zulfi Bukhari has his personal interest in the alleged sale of Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan.
The hotel is owned by Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) and considered one of the nation’s finest national assets.
She had tweeted that Pakistan’s national assets were being sold to help people like Zulfi Bukhari and Aneel Musarrat and called it an act of “robbery”. A link to a youtube commentary was also given in the tweet. Both the tweet and the youtube link were deleted before the court action started.
While appealing for the support, Reham Khan’s son wrote that “this is going to be a case of critical importance for freedom of expression on matters of demonstrable public interest, Reham Khan simply discussed the matter while demanding transparency over important decisions regarding its administration’ and “this libel case is an attack on freedom of speech and the rights of Pakistanis. Reham Khan has nothing to gain by speaking out about the Roosevelt Hotel but was affected by the series of events, as all patriotic Pakistanis would be. We must fight against tactical suppression of such voices.”
In his lawsuit in the London Court of Justice, Zulfi Bukhari is seeking an apology, retraction of allegations and damages from Reham Khan.