Clarification Federal Minister PC initiates legal process to sue ARY News and Senator Mandviwala for defamation

Islamabad, January 17, 2018 (PPI-OT):Federal Minister Privatisation Commission, Mr. Daniyal Aziz strongly condemns the news aired on ARY News on January 17, 2018 at 11:31 am and the statement made by Senator Salim Mandviwala during a recent press conference. The ARY news item has falsely accused Minister Daniyal Aziz for financial mismanagement and delaying the restructuring/ privatization process of Pakistan Steel Mills causing an alleged monthly loss of 760 million PKR to the national exchequer.

In addition to the above allegations, Senator Salim Mandviwala has also accused the Federal Minister for intentionally selling national assets listed on the privatization program, especially PIA, to his favourites, threatening Minister Daniyal Aziz of legal actions against him. Furthermore, both parties have used derogatory language against Minister Daniyal Aziz, which is highly condemnable and defamatory holding no factual basis. The Federal Minister has taken serious notice of the matter and will be serving legal notices against both parties for defamation and airing false news.

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