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Nawaz Sharif was convicted sans any evidence: Maryam Nawaz presenting secret video clip of the judge

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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.

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Special Assistant to PM on Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan reacting to the development said that PML-N had accepted that notorious Nasir Butt was loyal to PML-N. Firdous Awan further said that forensic auditing would be carried out of the secret footage and the findings would be presented to the public. Pointing out that filming someone in secret was itself a crime, she questioned the credibility of the maker of the video. She informed that Nasir Butt had a criminal record and had  bolted to London after murdering five people in Pakistan. She said that he had also been arrested by the London Police.  Firdous Awan while addressing Maryam Nawaz said that she had not accused just one judge but the entire judiciary.


It is pertinent to mention here that Maryam Nawaz has admitted that Nasir Butt – who made the candid footage – was a PML-N follower. He recorded the clip  when he met Accountability Judge Arshad Malik.
According to Maryam Nawaz it was the Judge Arshad Malik himself who had contacted Nasir Butt to admit that he felt guilty due to the wrong verdict and asked him to meet him at his home where the secret video was recorded.  

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. 

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.