LHC dismisses former AC Judge Arshad Malik

Lahore supreme court (LHC) judge (CJ) Muhammad Qasim Khan on Friday dismissed controversial judge Arshad Malik from his post, Geo reported.

According to reports, the choice was taken by the administration committee of the LHC, which was chaired by LHC CJ and attended by seven other senior judges, including justices Ameer Bhatti, Malik Shahzad Khan, Ayesha Malik, Shahid Waheed and Ali Baqar Najafi.

The career of the accountability court judge, who had sentenced former prime minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif to seven years in prison within the Al-Azizia Steel Mills reference, went down Capitol Hill after Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) in 2019 released a video clip purportedly showing him admitting to a scarcity of evidence against the ousted former premier within the same case.

PML-N vice chairman Maryam Nawaz had showed the video and skim out its transcript at a news conference lasting quite an hour.

PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif, former PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, and other senior party leaders had accompanied Maryam at the news conference at the time.

The video purportedly showed the accountability court judge chatting with a PML-N worker named Nasir Butt and claiming that he was coerced handy down the prison sentence against Nawaz despite there being no proof of corruption against the deposed premier.

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