Accountability Judge Arshad Malik said he was offered a Rs500 million bribe from the son of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Hassan Nawaz and asked him to resign shortly thereafter as he “could no longer deal with the guilt of having convicted” Nawaz Sharif under pressure in the Al Aziza Steel Mill case.
Following the submission of the affidavit to the Islamabad High Court (IHC) Judge proclaimed he was threatened and bribed by PML-N’s representatives to issue verdict in favour of Nawaz Sharif in the steel mill and flagship investment cases and later coerced him to resign.
Furthermore the judge claimed, Nasir Janjua, a PML-N associate implored him to issue verdict of acquittal regarding both cases, and how he was on his personal recommendation to the former Prime Minister that Malik should be appointed as the accountability judge.
The judge also said how he was approached by Janjua again with a bribe of Rs 100 million which he turned down. He was also threatened by Nasir Butt, who recorded the video which started the controversy.
Judge Malik said “The threat was delivered by Nasir Butt saying to me in an intimidating tone that he owed Mian Nawaz Sharif a lot, as he (Nawaz) had helped him avoid punishment for 4-5 murders committed by him (Butt) by using his immense political influence and, therefore, he (Butt) was willing to go to any extent to help [Nawaz] in the trials he was facing,”
Judge Arshad Malik told the court how the video was manipulated and shared by the PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz after he didn’t concede to the alleged threats and bribery.