Govt plans to avoid immediate action against AC judge Arshad Malik

Pakistan: High Court orders removal of judge who convicted Nawaz Sharif after video leak

Soon after the video surfaced, top PML-N leadership demanded release of Sharif from the Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore, while the Imran Khan-led government distanced itself from the controversy, saying that the matter pertained to judiciary and it should deal with it.

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

Elaborating further, the judge stated that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) activist Nasir Butt approached him on June 1 this year in Saudi Arabia where he was performing Umrah with his family and asked him to meet Hussain.

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday made a decision to remove accountability judge, Justice Arshad Malik, from his post over the matter of scandalous videotapes.

Taking to Twitter, Pakistani journalist and Hum News anchor Nadeem Malik said, "Just came to know Maryam Nawaz Sharif's interview has been stopped forcefully just [a] few minutes after it started live".

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) in a statement, said, the law ministry would decide if an inquiry against the judge would be conducted by the ministry itself or by the IHC. Legal experts said that a retrial in the corruption case was possible. Opposition leader in the National Assembly and PML-N president Shahbaz Sharif also called for the immediate release of his elder brother.

"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.

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. In the letter, the judge of the accountability court II said that he had never been coerced into announcing verdicts.

"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 enormous pressure and that substantial evidence was not available against the former prime minister.

Contrarily, the next day, the judge had denied being under any pressure, but admitted that Nasir Butt was an acquaintance.

The affidavit also revealed details of a meeting between the accountability judge and Nawaz in Jati Umra during the latter's six-week-long bail for treatment. He, however, had acquitted him in a second reference related to Flagship Investments.

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