Lahore: Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday has dismissed former accountability judge Mohammad Arshad Malik, who had sentenced ex-Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif, from his job over controversial video scandal.
According to details, the administration of the Large Hadron Collider, headed by Chief Justice Qasim Khan, announced the decision.
Other members of the committee are judges Mohammad Ameer Bhatti, Ahmad Khan, Ayesha Malik, Shahid Waeed and Ali Baqir
Malik sentenced Nawaz Sharif to seven years in prison in the corruption case of Al-Azizia Steel Mills and found him not guilty in the second text related to flagship investments.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif has said that the dismissal of Judge Arshad Malik has “proved the innocence” of Nawaz Sharif.
He said that after the decision of LHC, Nawaz’s conviction should also be withdrawn. He further appealed to party workers and the public to offer prayers of gratitude.
Last year in July, PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz had unveiled a video clip whereby ex-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.
She said the judge had contacted Nasir Butt and told him that he had been feeling inner and nightmare since the verdict leading to Nawaz Sharif’s imprisonment was announced.
The PML-N leader alleged that the responsible judge was forced to deliver an Al-Azizia verdict [Nawaz] against him. Based on the evidence in the video, she further requested the release of Nawaz Sharif and said she respected every institution in Pakistan.
For the video, the judge dismissed allegations made by Maryam Nawaz, saying the leaked video was faked, false and contextless. He revealed that he bribed him when the PML-N leader heard the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) referral to Sharif’s family.
Islamabad High Court (IHC) suspended the order of responsible judge Arshad Malik and ordered him to report to the LHC for further litigation.
The notification stated, “The Chief Justice of this Court has been pleased to order to place the said judicial officer under suspension and repatriate to his parent department i.e. Lahore High Court, with immediate effect, for disciplinary proceedings to be conducted in accordance with law.”