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PESHAWAR: Member of the former Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Bibi Fauzia on Thursday filed a defamation suit with the Peshawar district and sessions judge against Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan over the charge of horse-trading in the Senate elections.

The suit meant for the recovery of Rs5 billion as damages from the PTI chief was assigned to an additional district and sessions judge Shah Waliullah Hamid Hashmi, who fixed preliminary hearing into it for June 27.

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The former MPA filed the suit under the Defamation Ordinance, 2002, through lawyer Syed Ghufranullah Shah.

She said she had followed the PTI’s directions in the March 2 Senate elections by voting for the candidates named by it for general and reserved seats.

Ms. Fauzia said after the elections, the PTI chief began ‘uttering, spreading and resorting to publication, communication, and circulation of maliciously false, baseless and unfounded oral statements and representation’ against her.

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