A sessions court in Lahore issued a notice to journalist Sami Ibrahim with regards to a defamation suit filed by Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry. On July 5, Chaudhry filed a defamation suit against the journalist for making “false allegations” against him “without any legal justification in order to defame and blackmail him”.

As per Chaudhry’s suit, a “series of continuous defamatory allegations were made by accused as [a] TV anchor and on social media”. The minister, in his suit, claimed that Ibrahim had alleged that the minister of working in collusion with India’s spy agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) against the interests of Pakistan and “a conspiracy has been hatched to dismantle [the prime minister] PM of Pakistan and the Government.”

“It is a very serious allegation against a sitting federal minister and it not only caused an immense loss to the reputation and political credibility of [the] complainant but it also threatened the national security of Pakistan,” Chaudhry’s petition read.