Criminal Defamation in Pakistan: A Legal Overview

Defamation, under Pakistani law, is a harm to one’s reputation by false statements. It can be a civil wrong (tort) or a criminal offense, depending on the nature and impact of the act.

The Defamation Ordinance, 2002, covers civil defamation, providing for damages to be awarded to the victim. However, criminal defamation, governed by the Pakistan Penal Code, is punishable by imprisonment or fine or both.

Criminal defamation occurs when someone intentionally harms the reputation of another through false imputations, knowing or having reason to believe that it will harm the reputation of the person defamed.

However, truth and public good serve as valid defenses in defamation cases. Navigating the path of a defamation case requires understanding these subtleties of the law, potential defenses, and the strength of evidence.

If you’re dealing with defamation issues, Advocate Faisal Iqbal Awan of MJF Law, with his deep knowledge of criminal law, can provide valuable legal advice and representation. You can reach out to Advocate Faisal Iqbal Awan at for further assistance. Tackling defamation requires careful legal consideration, and with Advocate Awan, you’re in experienced hands.

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