SC fixes petition to investigate Judge Malik video for hearing

Lester Mason
July 13, 2019

The Islamabad High Court on Friday ordered the removal of accountability judge Arshad Malik from his post after videos purportedly showed him admitting to have been blackmailed into convicting former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a corruption case, Dawn reported.

Arshad Malik Sb's affidavit states he came under pressure because of a video of his activities & made statements that were recorded; that he was threatened & bribes were offered but remained quiet & has no witnesses.

According to an IHC spokesperson, acting IHC chief justice received judge Arshad Malik's letter and then made a decision to request the Law Ministry to remove him from the post.

During the arguments stage of the references' trial, the judge said he was again approached by Janjua with a "financial offer" from Nawaz of Rs100 million but that he refused the offer.

The judge said Nasir Janjua had claimed that he had about Rs100 million in euros as advance payment of which Rs20 million was in the vehicle he had arrived in. The Islamabad HC chose to remove the judge after he submitted an affidavit in court claiming he was offered bribes and threatened with dire consequences by PML-N representatives initially to force him into issuing verdicts in favour of Sharif in corruption references.

"Nasir Janjua claimed that he had the cash of equivalent of Rs100 million in Euros for me immediately available out of which the Euro equivalent of Rs20 million was laying in his vehicle parked outside", he said, adding that he denied the bribe while remaining committed to giving the verdict on merit. Addressing a press conference here, Pakistan Law Minister Farogh Nasim said Justice Malik has been asked to stop working on the recommendation of the IHC. The former premier, he added, was not satisfied with the audio and asked to meet the judge himself.

The judge, elaborating the April 6 meeting in the affidavit, further wrote that he had accompanied Nasir Butt to Jati Umra where Nawaz "personally received" them.

She claimed the judge was blackmailed into convicting Nawaz without any evidence and had admitted that.

Former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif with his daughter Maryam Nawaz.

On December 24, 2018, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was sentenced to seven years in prison in Al-Azizia reference case by an accountability court.

Maryam said that the removal of the judge clearly means that the "honourable judiciary has accepted the truth".

The judge maintained another man named Khurram Hussain also contacted him, urging him to accept the offer.

Maryam also requested the judiciary to declare the verdict void and to issue directives for her father's release "without any delays".

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