Judge video scandal: FIA conducts raid at PML-N leader Nasir Butt’s residence

RAWALPINDI: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Wednesday night conducted a raid at a Rawalpindi house owned by Nasir Butt — a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader who is the central figure in the controversy surrounding leaked videos of accountability judge Arshad Malik.

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Nasir Butt had fled to London before the videos surfaced, said FIA’s cybercrime wing sources. The sources, however, added that the raiding team recovered some ‘important documents’ from the building.

Judge Arshad Malik had earlier filed a case with the FIA against Butt, another suspect Mian Tariq and others.

Meanwhile, the FIA said it had recovered three mobile phones and a USB device from Tariq, who had been arrested yesterday from Islamabad by an FIA team. A forensic examination of USB device and mobile phones will be conducted by FIA’s Information Technology team.

The FIA also constituted a legal team, led by FIA Additional Director Legal Qaiser Masood, to present the case in a court of law.

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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