SC fixes petition to investigate Judge Malik video for hearing

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

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).

"Keeping Nawaz Sharif in jail for even a minute is now illegal".

Advocate Ishtiaq Ahmed Mirza had filed the petition through his counsel Chaudhry Munir Sadiq under Article 184 (3) of the Constitution, making the federal government, PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif, PML-N Vice-President Maryam Nawaz, senior PML-N leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Nasir Butt and Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) as respondents.

Verdicts in both corruption references were announced by an accountability court judge Arshad Malik. Legal experts said that a retrial in the corruption case was possible. "If this is the case, how can a verdict by this judge be maintained", she asked.

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 petitioner added that although the judge of the accountability court categorically denied allegations against him through a press release, the state institutions have taken no step to unearth the truth. "I won't comment on the case now", he said.

He said when he refused to accept the bribes and give in to the alleged threats, "manipulated" video clips were screened by Maryam Nawaz at a press conference in which she claimed the judge had confessed to have been "pressured and blackmailed" into issuing a verdict against Nawaz.

"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.

"Free Nawaz Sharif, the true people's representative, the three times elected Prime Minister who has been conspired against and wronged, not once but over and over again".

Malik claimed that in early 2018, an acquaintance named Nasir Janjua, who was associated with the PML-N, "implored" him to issue verdicts of acquittal in the references, saying that it was on his personal recommendation to then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that he (Malik) was appointed as judge in the accountability court.

The judge also said that the PML-N, more notably Nawaz's family, tried to bribe him during Nawaz's trial and when he didn't cooperate, they threatened him.

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