Published: Sat, July 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Govt plans to avoid immediate action against AC judge Arshad Malik

Govt plans to avoid immediate action against AC judge Arshad Malik

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.

The directives were issued by IHC Acting Chief Justice Aamer Farooq in a letter to the registrar's office in which asked the latter to inform that Law Ministry that the judge has been relieved of his post and repatriated to his parent department, the Lahore High Court (LHC). The affidavit is like a much delayed FIR.

Malik also filed an affidavit on Friday before the chief justice of the Islamabad High Court.

People are questioning why did not he report to his boss while he was receiving threats from the Sharif family? A video containing the judge's alleged confession during his conversation with a "sympathiser" of the PML-N, Nasir Butt, was screened during a press conference.

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 that he denied the authenticity of any such video.

He said that later in 2019, he met with Khurram Yousaf and Nasir Butt, who told him about the existence of a video clip of him in a compromising position which was allegedly taken during the time he was working in Multan.

Judge Malik, on Dec 24, 2018, had handed ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif seven years in jail in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption reference.

"The judge further claimed that he was blackmailed after being shown the video" and told to record an audio message that he delivered the verdicts to appease the "ruling elite" under an vast pressure and that substantial evidence was not available against the former prime minister. "The two held a meeting with me in which Janjua claimed that I was appointed as the judge for accountability court-II on the personal recommendation of a high-profile government figure with close relations with the PML-N", the judge stated. In a series of posts shared on Twitter, Maryam said the matter was not about the removal of a judge but about suspending the verdict that the judge had issued.

The judge maintained another man named Khurram Hussain also contacted him, urging him to accept the offer. Pakistan law minister Farogh Nasim said at a press conference that no sentence can be overturned unless the HC finds the verdict was issued under duress by the accountability judge. He also requested the court to initiate contempt of court proceedings against Maryam Nawaz if her allegations found to be untrue.

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