LAHORE: Vice President PML-N Maryam Nawaz has claimed that deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif was convicted despite absence of any evidence against him and the Accountability Judge Arshad Malik who had convicted Nawaz Sharif was blackmailed (by means of a video) to give verdict against him.
She said this here today while presenting an audio/video featuring a conversation between the Accountability Judge Arshad Malik (who sentenced her father Nawaz to seven years in jail in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption reference) and a PML-N worker Nasir-Butt at a Presser flanked by Shehbaz Sharif (Leader of the Opposition in NA) and other PML-N heavyweights.
In the secretly filmed video, accountability judge Arshad Malik could be heard stating that there was no proof of corruption against the deposed premier in the 24th December Al-Azizia reference.
Maryam Nawaz has alleged that the judge was shown a video and by means of that blackmailed to write the judgement against her father. According to her transcription of the audio in the video the judge says: “There is no evidence available to constitute that a single penny has been shifted from Pakistan by Nawaz. No evidence could be found regarding any embezzlement of funds in Pakistan or in Saudi Arabia.”
According to the transcription of the presented secret video (being shown at the PML-N Twitter) the judge who had convicted Nawaz Sharif had uttered “London properties – made basis for disqualification from PM status during trial case – failed, as prosecution could not establish link of the involvement of accused with acquisition of London properties.” Arshad Malik – Accountability Judge in the case – is further reported to have said in the audio/video: “There is no allegation of financial corruption, illegal gratification, commission, kickback etc received by the accused or was paid by any person or department.”
Maryam Nawaz said that there was no evidence of shifting of any money or funds from Pakistan to London or Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, there was no proof of any kickbacks or illegal gratification or commission. She said that it was evident that Nawaz Sharif was victimized and convicted without any proof or evidence and thus now all the judgments against him should be declared nil and void.
Claiming that she could be targeted for exposing the video, Maryam Nawaz threatened that in case of any misadventure from any quarter she would expose other evidences that she happens to harbor.