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Islamabad Excessive Courtroom Removes Arshad Malik

File photograph. Farooq Naeem—AFP

The ousted accountability choose had been accused of ruling in opposition to Nawaz Sharif below ‘strain’

The Islamabad Excessive Courtroom (IHC) on Friday introduced it was eradicating Accountability Choose Arshad Malik from workplace after controversy erupted over a video suggesting he had been coerced into ruling in opposition to Nawaz Sharif.

Final 12 months, Malik had sentenced Sharif to seven years imprisonment within the Al-Azizia Metal Mills corruption reference whereas acquitting him in a second reference associated to Flagship Investments. On Saturday, Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) vice-president Maryam Nawaz addressed a press convention wherein she alleged that Malik had ‘confessed’ to convicting Sharif below threats of blackmail. She additionally confirmed journalists the alleged confession video, which Malik subsequently slammed as ‘pretend.’

On Thursday, Malik submitted a letter and filed an affidavit earlier than IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq wherein he claimed the movies shared by Maryam have been pretend. He additionally claimed he had been provided a bribe to acquit Sharif, which he refused, following which he was threatened with bodily hurt if he didn’t cooperate.

Regardless of the contents of the letter, Justice Farooq determined to alleviate Malik of his submit with none inquiry and directed the Registrar’s Workplace to apprise the legislation ministry and repatriate Malik to the Lahore Excessive Courtroom.

Malik’s ouster has now raised questions over the validity of his judgments within the Al-Azizia and Flagship references. Maryam Nawaz has already referred to as for the controversial judgments to be declared void and re-tried. Authorized specialists additionally consider a powerful case can now be made to re-open and re-try the corruption references below less-controversial choose.