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PM Shehbaz slams Imran Khan after Daily Mail apology

British publication Daily Mail apologized to PM Shehbaz for an “error” in an article it published on July 4, 2019 — in which it had accused the premier of “stealing British foreign aid money”.

After a British publication, Daily Mail apologized to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif for publishing an article that accused him of embezzling money, the premier took to Twitter to slam PTI Chairman Imran Khan and his “minions” for running a smear campaign against him.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said in their smear campaign, the PTI did not bother if their actions brought a bad name to Pakistan and damaged its relations with a friendly country.

He said his critics mocked and ridiculed him and his family through their baseless allegations but “I had my unwavering faith in Allah, for only He could expose their brazen lies”.

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“I bow my head in humility before Allah (SWT) for my vindication. For three long years, Imran and his minions went to any limit to assassinate my character. In their smear campaign, they didn’t bother if their actions brought a bad name to Pakistan and damaged its relations with a friendly country,” Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said.

“They mocked and ridiculed me and my family through their baseless allegations but I had my unwavering faith in Allah, for only He could expose their brazen lies. Disinformation and fake news have limited shelf life and truth is the ultimate victor. After NCA, the Daily Mail story has proven it,” the Prime Minister further added.

Daily Mail’s apology to Shehbaz Sharif 

In a major development, British publication The Mail on Sunday and news site Mail Online apologized on Thursday to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif for an “error” in an article it published on July 4, 2019 — in which it had accused the premier of “stealing British foreign aid money”.

The article claimed that Shehbaz Sharif had embezzled funds provided by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) for the rehabilitation of the 2005 earthquake while he was chief minister of Punjab.

It said that the premier “has never been accused by the National Accountability Bureau of any wrongdoing in relation to British public money or DFID grant aid”.

“We are pleased to make this clear and apologize to Mr. Sharif for this error,” Daily Mail added.

It is pertinent to mention here that Daily Mail did not apologize for the allegations of money laundering and TT scandal against PM Shehbaz Sharif.

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