Apr 14

TIP chief served $10m defamation notice

ISLAMABAD:
US-owned Walters Power International Limited (WPIL) has served a $10 million defamation notice on Friday to Transparency International Pakistan (TIP) chief Adil Gilani.transparencyinternational

“Your latest transgression is in keeping with your remorseless, habitual, willful, and chronic misrepresentation of facts that have brought disrepute in Pakistan to you as an individual as well as to Transparency International, whose Pakistan chapter you seemingly represent,” reads the notice to Gilani.

The defamation notice is in response to TIP’s letter issued on April 9, which was published in local newspapers the following day and levelled allegations of wrongdoing against the power company.

The corruption watchdog in the letter asked the United States Department of Justice to take action against one of the major rental power plants Walters Power International for committing fraud in Pakistan worth $20 million, according to The News.

WPIL has taken strong exception to the mischaracterisation of the Supreme Court of Pakistan’s judgment of March 30, 2012, regarding rental power plants (RPPs), one of which WPIL set up in Naudero, Sindh.

According to a statement issued by WPIL, the notice, issued by Ebrahim Hosain Advocates and Corporate Counsel, has been copied to the US Department of Justice and to Transparency International’s headquarters in Brussels.

“Your latest transgression is in keeping with your remorseless, habitual, willful, and chronic misrepresentation of facts that have brought disrepute in Pakistan to you as an individual as well as to Transparency International, whose Pakistan chapter you seemingly represent,” reads the notice to Gilani. “Your intellectual and financial integrity has been called into question repeatedly and you have also been the subject of federal investigations.”

Furthermore, WPIL categorically denies Gilani’s allegation that its 51MW Power Plant at Naudero is to blame for Pakistan’s debilitating electricity shortages — estimated currently at over 7,000MW — as false and frivolous. WPIL categorically denies as false and fictitious Gilani’s contention that the power company gained any undue financial benefits or that it committed any wrongdoing in the award and implementation of its contracts.