ISLAMABAD : The regulation ministry on Friday barred Arshad Malik from serving as an accountability court judge following the Videogate scandal.
Addressing a press convention, Legislation Minister Farogh Naeem and Particular Assistant to the Prime Minister on Accountability Shahzad Akbar mentioned that judge Arshad Malik had been ‘despatched again’ to the Lahore High Court (LHC).
The regulation minister clarified that the Al-Azizia sentence is not going to be overturned except the Islamabad High Court (IHC) decides the decision was issued beneath duress.
The assertion comes after calls from the PML-N to put aside the Al-Azizia sentence and ‘instantly launch’ Nawaz Sharif.
Earlier on Friday, the IHC registrar approached the regulation ministry to take away accountability court decide Arshad Malik from his place.
In keeping with official sources, the request was conveyed to Legislation Minister Naseem in a letter despatched by IHC Registrar Irshad Kiyani on the orders of appearing IHC Chief Justice Amir Farooq.
The event got here after Malik met Justice Farooq earlier on Friday, their third assembly this week.
The accountability court judge additionally submitted a letter to the IHC registrar during which he once more rejected the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) claims of coercion as “baseless”.
He mentioned the PML-N had additionally provided him bribes forward of the Al-Azizia verdict towards the three-time former premier.
Together with the letter, Judge Malik additionally submitted an affidavit and a replica of the preliminary press launch he had issued this previous Sunday.
In a serious improvement, Justice Farooq has advised the IHC registrar to make all three paperwork part of Nawaz’s pending appeals towards the Al-Azizia and Flagship references.
Judge Malik was a part of the controversial video clip offered by the PML-N management alleging that the accountability judge confessed earlier than a long-time occasion supporter Nasir Butt about being threatened to convict former prime minister Nawaz Sharif within the Al-Azizia reference verdict.
The primary assembly between the 2 senior judges was held on Monday, after which Justice Farooq met Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa.
Session amongst judges over the alleged video of accountability court judge continued on Thursday through the second assembly between Malik and appearing IHC chief justice.
Legislation Minister Dr Farogh Naseem — whereas speaking to the media on Thursday — threw the ball in judiciary’s court, saying that the high court may look into the matter beneath the regulation.
In a press launch, issued a day after the PML-N information briefing, decide Malik acknowledged that his feedback within the video have been pieced collectively, offered out of context and that he had by no means confronted intimidation to rule towards former PM Nawaz.
On July 11, the Supreme Court was moved to launch an inquiry into the video scandal that had been damaged throughout a PML-N-led news convention the earlier week.
A constitutional petition, submitted by Ishtiaq Ahmed Mirza by his lawyer Chaudhry Munir Sadiq on the high court, named the federal authorities, PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif, PML-N Vice-President Maryam Nawaz, senior PML-N chief Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Nasir Butt and Pakistan Digital Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) as respondents.
The petition urged the court to provoke contempt of court docket proceedings towards all of the entities concerned within the scandal.