Court to decide issue of Arshad Malik video but dust must settle: SC

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan remarked on Tuesday that the issue of judge Arshad Malik will be heard by the court, however, the dust must settle regarding the issue.

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In the apex court, a three-member bench under Chief of Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa, heard the video scandal case of judge Arshad Malik today, who was removed from post last week upon Islamabad High Court’s (IHC) request.

During the hearing, the applicant’s lawyer presented his arguments, saying that the top court should take suo motto in the matter.

The court in its response stated that it will no longer be independent if it functioned upon what people suggested.

The CJP remarked that the court shouldn’t be directed on how to conduct the investigation, adding that there is no doubt on extraordinary circumstances of the case.

He said that the basic issue is of trust of the nation on the judiciary and if people fail to trust it then justice will be difficult to found.

The court issued a notice to the Attorney General and asked for recommendations in the case.

Subsequently, the apex court adjourned the hearing until July 23.

Earlier in an affidavit submitted to the IHC, Malik denied the contents of the video — which allegedly showed him admitting to a lack of evidence against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif — and termed them edited, fabricated, and aimed to defame him.

The court had issued notices to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz, former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Raja Zafarul Haq, and others.

On a petition submitted by a citizen named Ishtiaq Ahmed, the top court took up the case. Ahmed appealed to the apex court for an independent judicial inquiry of the video scandal.

On July 12, judge Arshad Malik was relieved from his post by the federal government for his alleged involvement in the controversial video scandal.

Malik, in a letter written for IHC, claimed that Hussain Nawaz offered him a bribe, adding, “Nasir Janjua came to meet me and claimed that he had the cash equivalent of Rs 100 million in Euros for me immediately available out of which the Euro equivalent of Rs 20 million was laying in his car parked outside.”

He added, “I was told that Mian Sahib is willing to pay whatever I demand on acquitting him in both references. However, I declined the bribe offered to me while committing remains sticking to merits.”

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