Hameed Haroon sends defamation notice to Jami over rape allegations

09:50 PM | 6 Jan, 2020
Hameed Haroon sends defamation notice to Jami over rape allegations

LAHORE – Hameed Haroon, the Chief Executive Officer of Pakistan’s Dawn media group has sent a defamation notice to Jamshed Mahmood, popular as 'Jami', days after the filmmaker accused him of rape some 13 years ago.

In his notice sent on Monday, Haroon has sought an "unconditional public apology" and the retraction of allegations that Jami made against him.

"[...] Almost two months after circulating your first tweet on being allegedly raped, and strangely and abruptly travelling outside Pakistan, on December 28, 2019 on the social media platform Twitter, you falsely and maliciously labelled our client as an alleged rapist," the notice states.

"Since then, you have been continuing to circulate this false allegation all over Pakistan, including Karachi and abroad. Our client categorically denies that he has ever perpetrated sexual assault on anyone and categorically denies that he has raped you."

According the Haroon's legal team, Jami issued "a false statement [...] to injure the reputation" of their client.

Jami, who brought a storm last month with his tweets, has confirmed to Dawn.com of receiving the notice.

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