Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday (July 23) directed Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to submit an inquiry report into leaked judge’s video scandal case within a period of three weeks. A three-judge Apex Court bench headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa took up the video scandal case that alleges Arshad Malik of ruling against former prime minister Nawaz Sharif under “external pressure”.
While presenting his arguments, Attorney General Anwar Mansoor Khan said that submitted pleas requested the court for constituting a judicial commission. He said: “A request has surfaced which demands action against Judge Arshad Malik. Truth is before the court and the judge has also submitted his affidavit”.
Citing section 20 of Electronic-crime act, Attorney General said that the alleged judge can be imprisoned and fined since FIA had filed a case against the former in accordance with cybercrime act. He apprised the court on arrest of Mian Tariq, the key man who recorded the leaked video of Accountability Judge at the time. “Landcruiser has been found with Mr Tariq. He also has more such videos of the judge. The investigation is underway as FIA is attempting to locate the culprits”, he added.
Chief Justice Asif Khosa expressed concern that Arshad Malik might be guilty of something which led him to get blackmailed. CJ Asif Khosa reiterated that as a person who holds the designation of a prestigious judge, Arshad Malik should not have done what he did.
The top judge inquired about whether the video shown in the press conference by Maryam Nawaz was used to blackmail the judge. The attorney general told the court that the judge has refuted some parts of the video.
He told the court that no laboratory in Pakistan could perform the forensic audit of the video, and the FIA had conducted the forensic audit ‘on its own’. “There is no ISO verified laboratory [to verify the video] in Pakistan and the video was made sometime between the years 2000 to 2003,” he stated.
Six possibilities for concluding the case
“We can either opt for FIA, NAB laws, rules in conventions Pakistan, PEMRA laws or government commission. The last option is that the court itself settles on a judgment”, CJ said.
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27 September, 2019