Former national cricket team speed star Shoaib Akhtar, responding to a legal notice from Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) legal adviser Tafazul Rizvi, said he had been insulted by the allegations, so apologize.
Shoaib Akhtar's lawyer Abuzar Salman Niazi gave a detailed reply to PCB advisor Tafzal Rizvi and demanded an apology.
"My clients have been famous cricketers and their analysis is impartial, bold, and critical with the aim of improving the performance of the Pakistan cricket team," he said in response to a legal notice.
Abuzar Salman Advocate said that Shoaib Akhtar has been insulted by making allegations so the PCB lawyers should apologize to him.
Shoaib Akhtar's lawyer in his 5-page reply has said that the legal notice of Tafzal Rizvi is against the right of freedom of expression granted to Shoaib Akhtar under the constitution.
He said that Tafazul Rizvi had sent a legal notice to Shoaib Akhtar on the basis of internet references. The internet references given in the notice do not fall under the category of defamation ordinance.
Shoaib Akhtar's lawyer took the position that all the allegations made in the legal notice of Tafzal Rizvi were based on lies.
Abuzar Salman Niazi in his legal reply said that Tafazul Rizvi has tried to get the support of the Bar Association by announcing to donate Rs. 10 crores as compensation to the Bar Hospital.
He clarified that the Bar Association could not be involved in the matter between the two sides.
The lawyer said that Shoaib Akhtar had expressed his views honestly and impartially to improve the performance of the PCB.
Addressing Tafzal Rizvi directly, he said that since you take compensation from the PCB which goes from the national exchequer, it is the right of Shoaib Akhtar to question your performance.
"You have been providing legal assistance to the PCB for years and my clients have been eyewitnesses of many cases and on this basis, they have formed an opinion on your performance," he said.
Shoaib Akhtar's lawyer has said that my client has no personal grudge against you but his analysis on your performance was for the public interest and better performance of the PCB as well as his aides.
"My client has the right to sue for relief despite the legal response," he said.
Abu zar Salman Niazi told Tafazul Rizvi that in the light of these arguments, you are being urged to withdraw the notice and apologize for insulting and defaming my client through the notice.