Islamabad High Court orders removal of accountability judge Arshad Malik

Pak Judge Who Jailed Ex-PM Nawaz Sharif Sacked Over Blackmail Claims

Pak Judge Who Jailed Ex-PM Nawaz Sharif Sacked Over Blackmail Claims

"Judge Arshad Malik was asked to stop working on the basis of the alleged video and the press release", Law Minister Farogh Naseem told a news conference.

The controversy revolving around the leaked video tape of accountability court judge Mohammad Arshad Malik refused to die down as a petition requesting a thorough probe for determining the truth landed in the Supreme Court on Thursday while the judge called on Islamabad High Court acting Chief Justice Aamer Farooq for the second time in a week.

According to an IHC spokesperson, acting IHC Chief Justice Amir Farooq received judge Malik's letter and then chose to request the law ministry to remove him from the post.

Earlier, judge Arshad Malik had rejected all the allegations leveled by Maryam Nawaz regarding victimizing ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif in fake corruption cases.

He called the video "a lie [and] fake" and accused the Sharif family of threatening and offering him a bribe in exchange for acquitting the former prime minister.

In a post on Twitter after the IHC decision, PML-N spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said the case against Nawaz Sharif should be declared void.

The PML-N has disputed the conviction and last week party leaders presented a video apparently showing Malik saying he had been pressured into ruling in favour of conviction by individuals with compromising footage against him.

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But with the release of subsequent videos of the accountability judge by Maryam, the IHC acting chief justice again met judge Malik on Thursday. In December, the accountability court judge had sentenced Nawaz Sharif to seven years in prison in the same corruption case.

In his letter, the accountability court II judge said that there has never been any pressure on him to announce verdicts.

Arshad Malik further demanded the authorities to take legal action against those involved in this conspiracy.

Malik's removal on Friday prompted immediate calls by Sharif's PML-N party for the release of the 69-year-old former prime minister, who is now serving a seven-year jail sentence in the Kot Lakhpat jail in the eastern city of Lahore. Under Pakistani law, this is taken to prove corruption.

State Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan said on Friday the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has learned nothing from its previous mistakes.

At the end of the press conference, she said that she has much bigger proof than this.

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