IHC requests to remove accountability judge Arshad Malik over 'video leak' controversy

The news channel also posted a statement on its Twitter handle shortly after the blackout

The news channel also posted a statement on its Twitter handle shortly after the blackout

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).

Maryam Nawaz also unveiled a video clip whereby accountability judge Arshad Malik could be heard saying that there was "no proof of corruption against the deposed premier" in the December 24 Al-Azizia reference.

He revealed that PML-N leaders offered him bribe when he was hearing National Accountability Bureau (NAB) references against Sharif family. After their failed attempts, they showed him the immoral Multan video telling him that "it is you doing this when you were serving in Multan", he said. He said that Hussain told him that he would be given "Rs500 million and would be relocated in UK, Canada or any other country with jobs for my children and a profitable business" if he resigned and admitted to "guilt of convicting Nawaz under pressure".

After days of growing pressure, Islamabad High Court asked the law ministry to remove him from his position.

She said the judge had contacted Nasir Butt and told him that he was feeling guilty and having nightmares ever since he announced the verdict that led to Nawaz Sharif's imprisonment.

"An early action in this regard shall be highly appreciated", the IHC letter concluded.

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The IHC has the administrative control of the accountability courts in Islamabad. Therefore, he requested the court to summon the record, video footage of the press conference, from Pemra.

Malik later issued a statement denying he had been blackmailed to convict Sharif and saying the video had been manipulated.

The law minister said judge Malik had claimed that he was blackmailed and threatened to play a partisan role in the corruption case against Nawaz Sharif.

He explained to the media that the Al-Azizia judgement would not be overturned unless the IHC decided the verdict had been issued under duress.

"The decision against Nawaz Sharif should be dismissed and he should be released immediately", party spokeswoman Marriyum Aurangzeb said, adding that Sharif's conviction should be considered "void". But, he added, nobody would be allowed to tamper the verdicts. A constitutional petition has been filed in the Supreme Court, requesting for ordering an inquiry into the controversial video of Arshad Malik.

A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Asif Saeed Khosa, will take up the petition moved by Advocate Ishtiaq Ahmed Mirza seeking an investigation into the matter to "bring the truth to light". "However, I believe that the scope of the matter will be kept restricted to this particular incident only and it will not be made basis for across-the-board scrutiny of judiciary - lower or superior", he said.

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