Accountability court judge Arshad Malik claimed that he was offered Rs500 million by the son of ousted premier Nawaz Sharif to resign on the pretext that he could “no longer deal with the guilt of having convicted Mian Nawaz Sharif under duress and without evidence”.
The claim by the judge was made in an affidavit to the acting IHC chief justice in regards to the Videogate scandal. The offer to the judge was reportedly made after the December 24 Al-Azizia verdict.
“In return, he said that all I had to do was to formally resignon the ground that I could no longer deal with the guilt of having convicted Mian Nawaz Sharif under duress and without evidence,” the letter to the IHC chief justice by judge Malik states.
The judge further claimed that Hussain Nawaz had also offered to relocate him along with his family to the United Kingdom, Canada or any other country of his choice if he accepted the offer.
Sources privy to the development confirmed the contents of judge Malik’s affidavit.
Elaborating further, the judge stated that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Nasir Butt contacted him repeatedly and urged him to accept the offer made by Hussain Nawaz earlier.
“I declined the offer by Hussain Nawaz Sharif. I returned to Pakistan on June 8, 2019, after which Nasir Butt made repeated telephone calls to me urging me to reconsider the offer made by Hussain Nawaz whilst threatening me with consequences.”
Detailing the events further in the affidavit, the judge also said that a compromising video of his was revealed by the PML-N earlier in 2019.
The PML-N revealed a compromising video of the judge earlier in 2019, the letter read. “Mian Tariq, an old social acquaintance from the time I was serving in Multan as additional district and sessions judge from 2000-2003, showed me a secretly recorded and manipulated immoral video in a compromising position saying that is it you doing this when you were serving in Multan,” the judge wrote.
The judge further claimed that he had been “pressurised and blackmailed after being shown the video” and stated that he had been asked to ‘help’ ousted premier Nawaz.
The affidavit also revealed details of a meeting between the accountability judge and Nawaz in Jati Umra during the latter’s six-week-long bail for treatment.
The judge, elaborating the April 6 meeting in the affidavit, further wrote that he had accompanied Nasir Butt to Jati Umra where Nawaz “personally received” them.
“At this meeting, Nasit Butt initiated the conversation by claiming in front of Mian Nawaz Sharif that I had admitted to Nasir Butt that the conviction was handed down under pressure of the judiciary and the army. However, when I spoke up, I politely tried to explain to Mian Nawaz Sharif that the conviction in the HME Reference was on merits and that there was substantial evidence adduced against him by the prosecution which had gone unrebutted in defence, whereas, in the Flagship reference he was acquitted because of the absence of the required level of evidence,” the judge alleged in the affidavit.
Content of the affadavit