In response to a recent defamatory article, Graana.com has filed an Rs. 1 billion defamation case in court against ‘The Pakistan Daily’ and its journalist Hamza Azhar Salam.
Graana.com, Pakistan’s leading online real estate marketplace, claims that the news platform is deliberately undermining the company’s reputation to score political points and create an unnecessary media circus.
The allegations center on how the company’s success was facilitated by Directors Farhan Javed and Arslan Javed’s close ties to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). The article, on the other hand, remains silent on the fact that the company was founded and saw early success when the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was in power.
The company claims that it has cordial relations with prominent figures from many political parties in Pakistan, which is common for private businesses in the country, and that this greatly mitigates the allegation.
Graana claims that Hamza Azhar Salam, the journalist behind the article, published a similar piece slandering the company a year before, on May 21, 2021. It goes on to say that after multiple blackmail attempts on his part, he agreed to delete the article after receiving a court notice.
According to senior company representatives, he was on a rampage of evading court proceedings and resorted to a series of phone calls pleading for an out-of-court settlement. According to Graana.com, the case was eventually dropped after Graana.com received assurances that he would not endorse such claims in the future. As a result, the article was removed, according to Graana.
According to Graana, a second article was published – and then deleted – on May 26th, 2021, demonstrating his mala fide intent and ongoing attempts to make baseless assertions against the company’s name.
Hamza Azhar Salam has published yet another article, which Graana describes as a “vehement and unpleasant attack” after insisting that he had done additional research. According to Graana, the dissemination of false information following a history of bias is also visible in links to political indictments.
Readers slammed his Twitter post for failing to substantiate these widespread allegations.
According to Graana.com, it aims to transform Pakistan’s real estate processes by promising transparency and dependability, and it is committed to defending itself against such criticism. It regards brand loyalty as its primary growth driver and does not want such reckless acts of malice to tarnish its carefully cultivated reputation in the real estate sector.