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PAK VIDEOGATE: Judicial Commission to Probe Allegations

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Judge Arshad Malik

The three-member Supreme Court bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa, ordered to form judicial commission to probe into the video leak controversy involving Judge Arshad Malik who is accused of convicting former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a corruption case last year “under pressure”….reports Asian Lite News. Maryam refused to disclose what was in the alleged video, but claimed this video of an “immoral” nature was used to “blackmail” the judge into issuing an adverse judgement against Nawaz

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Judge Arshad Malik

The Pakistan Supreme Court took up three petitions seeking a thorough probe into the video leak controversy involving accountability court judge Arshad Malik who is accused of convicting former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a corruption case last year “under pressure”.

The accusation against Judge Malik has been made by Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz and other opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders, reports Dawn news.

Maryam has also released videos purportedly proving her claims. The Judge, however, has denied being under any pressure, making counter allegations against Nawaz Sharif and the PML-N for “bribing, threatening” him.

Last week, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) after consultation with the apex court removed the Judge Malik.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan. (File Photo: IANS) by .
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan. (File Photo: IANS)

On Tuesday, the three-member Supreme Court bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa, first heard the petition of a lawyer.

As the hearing commenced, the petitioner’s lawyer told the bench that the video leaks scandal has raised questions about the judiciary, Dawn news said.

He said that all political parties and lawyers in Pakistan have demanded an investigation into the video leaks scandal, adding that Prime Minister Imran Khan had also said that the judiciary should take notice of the matter.

The lawyer asked the court to form a commission to look into the matter, “even if it was just a one-person commission”.

The Allegation

At a press conference in Lahore, Maryam played a secretly recorded video that she claimed featured a conversation between Nasir Butt, a man she described as a loyal fan of her father, and Judge Arshad Malik, who had in December last year sentenced Nawaz to seven years in jail in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption reference and acquitted him in the Flagship Investment case.

Maryam alleged that the judge had contacted Nasir and told him that he was feeling “guilt” and “having nightmares” after announcing the “unjust” verdict against Nawaz, so he invited Nasir for a meeting at his residence, where the video was recorded, Dawn reported.

“No evidence that a single penny has been shifted from Pakistan, no evidence of shifting any money by accused from Pakistan.”

In the video, which she termed as “divine help” for her family, Maryam claimed that Judge Malik had pointed out the flaws in Nawaz’s corruption trial that he wanted to be conveyed to Nawaz’s lawyers. The judge acknowledged that he had been “blackmailed” and “pressured” into issuing a judgement against the PML-N supremo, Maryam claimed.

She claimed that Judge Malik told Nasir that he had been taken to an unspecified place by some people — whom Maryam did not name — who left him alone in a room and played for him a “personal” video of his on a TV screen nearby.

Maryam Nawaz

Maryam refused to disclose what was in the alleged video, but claimed this video of an “immoral” nature was used to “blackmail” the judge into issuing an adverse judgement against Nawaz.

She quoted the judge as saying that he even contemplated “suicide” because of the pressure he was under. He was also surprised to learn how “they” had managed to get a hold of a 10 years old video, she added.

Maryam claimed that the judge could be heard saying in the video that Nawaz was convicted even though “there is no allegation of financial corruption” in the case. “There is no evidence that any money was taken from any department,” she quoted Judge Malik as saying.

No NAB officer visited Saudi Arabia to determine the Sharif family’s sources of income and hence it could not be termed a case of holding assets beyond known means of income, she quoted the judge as saying.

“No evidence that a single penny has been shifted from Pakistan, no evidence of shifting any money by accused from Pakistan.”

Maryam said she understood she faces “a lot of danger” after disclosing the contents of the video, but stressed that she was “fighting the case for every prime minister who was subjected to oppression”.

‘This Nasir Butt was a famous murderer, absconder, the leader of a gang of thugs and an important member of a drug ring who after committing five murders runs away to London and for 20 years remained an absconder and worked as a bodyguard for Zille Subhani’

The London Link

Meanwhile, the official government spokesman challenged the credibility of the key person involved in the videogate.

Mr Firdous Ashiq Awan, the government’s chief spokesperson, told The Dawn that Maryam bought Pakistan judiciary under shame.

“You [Maryam] have not accused one judge but the entire judiciary,” he was quoted as saying.

Awan alleged that Maryam simply sought to gather people’s sympathy and was using this tape to try to “save the ship that is PML-N from sinking”.

“Nasir Butt, whom she has declared is the source […] people should know this person’s credibility,” Mr Awan added. “ This Nasir Butt was a famous murderer, absconder, the leader of a gang of thugs and an important member of a drug ring who after committing five murders runs away to London and for 20 years remained an absconder and worked as a bodyguard for Zille Subhani.

She (Maryam) said that when they came into power, “they (PML-N) had all cases against him removed, brought the absconder back to the country and used him to do such despicable acts.

“When a person’s credibility is such, when his character and his recognition is linked to the mafia, the people of Pakistan can analyse and assess themselves such a person’s role in recording a tape and presenting it to the princess to gain media mileage and to create a new conspiracy to turn people astray.”

“This same Nasir Butt perhaps took your customary briefcase to the judge to buy out his conscience. And when he did not conform to your wishes, then [you created] this baseless propaganda in an attempt to stain an honourable institution. We condemn this.

“And if you have any genuine, authentic, realistic, justified proofs, the courts stand free [to review them]. Instead of conducting a media trial, take the proof to the court. Let the court decide. Your case and the sentence has not finished. That same court has given you relief on which you are levelling allegations.”

 

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