ISLAMABAD: Nasir Butt, the main character behind the judge's video scandal, said in an affidavit filed in the Superior Court of Islamabad (IHC) that an & # 39; institution & # 39; and a judge pressured former accountability judge Mohammad Arshad Malik to condemn former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Malik condemned Sharif in the Al-Azizia reference, but acquitted him in the emblematic investment reference.
In a related development, the IHC in a request submitted by the National Office of Accountability (NAB) allowed the prosecution to place additional evidence related to Sharif family assets in the court record in the Flagship Investment reference.
Mr. Butt's affidavit contradicted the allegations made by Mr. Malik.
It is worth mentioning that after the publication of a video by the vice president of the Muslim League of Pakistan-Nawaz Maryam Nawaz at a press conference in which Malik confessed to condemning Sharif under duress, the former judge issued a press release and a statement sworn that claimed that Nasir Butt, Nasir Janjua, Mahar Ghulam Jilani and Khurram Yousaf had blackmailed him for Mr. Sharif's acquittal.
IHC allows NAB to place additional evidence related to Sharif family assets in the registry
Butt rejected all accusations made against him by former judge Malik, saying he had never threatened or blackmailed him. If the former judge had been threatened by someone who should have informed his senior officials about it, Butt added.
Butt also stated that he never knew of the existence of any immoral video of Mr. Malik, adding that the former judge himself revealed this fact and admitted that an institution and a judge pressured him to condemn Mr. Sharif.
According to Mr. Butt's affidavit, some other personalities also pressured Mr. Malik for Sharif's conviction.
Butt said former judge Malik had repeatedly expressed his desire to meet with Sharif for seeking his forgiveness for the conviction, but the former prime minister had refused to meet him. However, at the insistence of Mr. Malik, Mr. Sharif finally agreed to meet him, he added.
Butt also reproduced Mr. Malik's conversation with Mr. Sharif in which the former judge allegedly explained the factors behind his decision to condemn him.
The IHC will take Mr. Butt's affidavit, as well as his request to present evidence against former judge Malik in the IHC record on October 29.
Meanwhile, the Anti-Terrorist Court (ATC) on Thursday rejected the request of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) seeking an extension in physical detention of Hamza Arif Butt, nephew of Nasir Butt, in the case of the judge's video scandal .
ATC judge Raja Jawad Abbas Hassan asked the FIA about the progress of the last 10 days, the period in which Hamza Butt was in his custody.
The investigation officer, Ijaz Ahmed Shah, told the court that the FIA had to recover the laptops and some other evidence of the defendant's custody.
Arshad Khan Jadoon, a lawyer for Hamza Butt, informed the ATC that the evidence related to Judge Arshad Malik's video had already been submitted to the IHC.
He said the laptop in question had also been filed with the IHC and the higher court would handle the case on October 29.
Subsequently, the ATC judge rejected the FIA's request and sent Hamza Butt to Adiala prison in pretrial detention.
Emblematic Investment Reference
An IHC division bank comprised of Judge Aamer Farooq and Judge Mohsin Akhtar Kayani allowed NAB to place additional evidence in the judicial record regarding the appeal filed by the office against Mr. Sharif's acquittal in the Flagship Investment reference .
Additional NAB attorney general Jahanzeb Bharwana informed the court that the office wanted to place a chart showing the details of Sharif family assets in the court record.
According to the prosecution, the graph correlates the movable and immovable property of the Sharif family in Pakistan and abroad and can be registered, as it is vital in the case of the prosecution.
The IHC bank after hearing the short arguments allowed the request and ordered the registry office to arrange the appeal to the bank accordingly.
Posted on Dawn, October 18, 2019