ISLAMABAD - Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on Tuesday filed a defamation case in Sindh High Court (SHC) against Sadarudin Hashwani for publishing allegedly ‘false, derogatory and vexatious publication’ about PPP’s Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari.

“Former president Asif Ali Zardari had served a legal notice to Sadrudin Hashwani on his book named ‘The truth always prevails’,” said PPP’s legal wizard Farooq H. Naik addressing a press conference at PPP’s secretariat. He was accompanied by Opposition Leader Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, Senator Farooq H. Naik, Senator Farhatullah Babr and former information minister Qamar Zaman Kaira.

Naik termed the allegations levelled against Asif Ali Zardari are part of planned conspiracy against the Pakistan People’s Party. “All his allegations are baseless, false, derogatory and vexatious publication,” he said, adding that Zardari has filed case of Rs2 billion against Sadrudin Hashwani in SHC and hearing of the case would be on February 6.

“We are also looking for the elements involved in backing the publication of book as it was published in India,” he said, adding that PPP has also served a defamation notice on the Indian publisher.

He further said Hashwani has to give reply of allegations levelled against Asif Ali Zardari. “Asif Ali Zardari has already faced fake cases, and was tortured during imprisonment period,” he said, adding that PPP’s co-chairman was freed from all cases successfully.

Leader of Opposition Syed Khursheed Shah said that the PPP’s leadership had faced a number of fake cases but successfully exonerated in all the cases.

 He further termed this move a conspiracy against his party.  Other PPP leaders Qamar Zman Kaira and Farhatullha Babar also spoke against the allegations levelled against PPP Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari in the book.

A couple of days before, PPP Spokesperson Farhatullah Babar in a statement had mentioned that the legal notice was drafted by Senator Farooq H Naek, senior advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, on behalf of Zardari.

 The Truth Always Prevails was launched on Sunday in Islamabad and its excerpts have already been published in a number of media outlets.