Pakistani judge who jailed former PM sacked over blackmail claims

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

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Accountability court judge Arshad Malik, who is now embroiled in the so-called judge video scandal, penned a letter Friday to the Islamabad High Court (IHC) wherein he refuted Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz's claims and revealed other information related to the controversy.

Ishtiaq Mirza, who himself is a lawyer as well as a social worker, also requested the apex court to issue necessary orders for securing independence, respect, prestige and integrity of the judiciary.

Malik also filed an affidavit on Friday before the chief justice of the Islamabad High Court.

However, Judge Malik, refuted the claims and dubbed the video as a "conspiracy" to "affect his credibility".

However, Minister for Law Dr Farogh Nasim told reporters that his ministry would not initiate any proceedings against the accountability judge in connection with the leaked videos.

Last week, the PML-N had released a video clip purportedly showing the judge Malik allegedly admitting to a lack of evidence against former Nawaz Sharif in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills reference.

He also called for an investigation into the video.

In response, Judge Malik issued a press statement denying the allegations of being blackmailed.

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

In his petition, Ishtiaq Mirza argued that being a social worker he was approaching the apex court pro bono because he believed that courts were the custodian and guardian of the fundamental rights of every single individual.

"During this meeting Nasir Janjua claimed that it was on his specific and personal recommendation to an influential person in the then PML-N Government that I was appointed Judge, Accountability Court No. II, Islamabad", he wrote, adding that he "was not keen to this position".

This came days after Maryam Nawaz, Sharif's daughter and opposition leader, claimed the judge - in a secretly videotaped conversation - admitted he convicted Sharif of corruption after being coerced.

"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".

Vice President Maryam Nawaz's interview with Hum News' Nadeem Malik was pulled off air "forcefully" a minutes after the broadcast, tweeted Nadeem Malik.

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