In her press conference, Nawaz claimed the judge had told Nasir Butt, a PML-N party worker, that he was being blackmailed by unspecified people who had videos of him engaging in acts of a personal nature.
After perusing the affidavit, the IHC administration in the letter addressed to the law ministry stated: "The recent development i.e. releasing of videos, issuing of press release by the registrar accountability court-II Islamabad and affidavit submitted by the incumbent judge narrating his version (copy enclosed) requires his immediate removal".
The court's spokesman said that acting chief justice of IHC Justice Amir Farooq has written a letter to law ministry, seeking to withdraw services of Arshad Malik.More news: Twitter acknowledges outages affecting some users
Maryam Nawaz also unveiled a video clip whereby accountability judge Arshad Malik could be heard saying that there was "no proof of corruption against the deposed premier" in the December 24 Al-Azizia reference. She said that corruption allegations were made on Nawaz Sharif but no proves were shown, adding that everyone knows this is not accountability but victimization. The judge said that he denied the authenticity of any such video. The judge claimed that he complied again because of the blackmailing he was facing and that this meeting was secretly videotaped and taken out of context and later used by Maryam. He said that Hussain told him that he would be given "Rs500 million and would be relocated in UK, Canada or any other country with jobs for my children and a profitable business" if he resigned and admitted to "guilt of convicting Nawaz under pressure".
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Maryam Nawaz and Nasir Butt, who was allegedly seen with Judge Malik in the video, have been made parties in the petition.More news: Acosta resigns as US Labor Secretary amid Epstein case
"The threat was delivered by Nasir Butt saying to me in an intimidating tone that he owed Nawaz Sharif a lot, as he (ex-premier) had helped him avoid punishment for 4-5 murders committed by him (Butt) by using his enormous political influence and, therefore, he (Butt) was willing to go to any extent to help [Nawaz] in the trials he was facing", judge Malik claimed.
In a short verdict announced, the court said there was concrete evidence against the former premier in the Al-Azizia reference and that he was unable to provide a money trail in the case.
Maryam said that the removal of the judge clearly means that the "honourable judiciary has accepted the truth". He also requested the court to initiate contempt of court proceedings against Maryam Nawaz if her allegations found to be untrue.More news: Amazon Is Building a Voice-Controlled Robot That's Like a 'Mobile Alexa'
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