ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Friday issued a 25-page verdict in a Video Scandal Case pertaining to the former Accountability Court Judge Arshad Malik, who had awarded a seven-year imprisonment to the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in December 2018 in the Al-Azizia reference.
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Earlier in the morning, the Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa while announcing the verdict affirmed that five aspects of the matter were needed to be analyzed.
- Which forum had to analyze the video?
- Was the video authentic or not?
- Can the video be admissible as an evidence or not?
- How much effect the video can put on Nawaz Shari’s conviction?
- The Conduct of Judge Arshad Malik
The Case was heard by a three-member Bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and comprising Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed and Justice Umar Ata Bandial. The bench reserved the verdict on August 20 after conducting three hearings on three petitions.
In its judgement issued today, the Supreme Court said that it may not be appropriate for it to interfere in the matter of relevant video and its effects, particularly when the video may have relevance to a criminal appeal presently sub judice before the Islamabad High Court (IHC).
The judgment further reads that a criminal investigation is already being conducted into the matter by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).
It says that some other offences or illegalities under some other laws referred to by the Attorney General might also entail inquiries or investigations by the competent agencies or fora.
However, it said that any probe into the matter by a commission to be constituted by the government or by this court may end up only with an opinion which may have no relevance or admissibility in the relevant appeal pending before the IHC.