ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Deputy Secretary Atta Ullah Tarar on Friday has appeared before Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in accountability court judge Arshad Malik video scandal case.
On the event, dozens of PML-N activists chanted in favor of party’s deputy secretary.
Earlier, FIA team had raided the Model Town central office of PML-N in Lahore and seized key records in linked to the judge video scandal.
During the action, FIA had raided the Model Town central office of PML-N in Lahore and seized key records in connection with the judge video scandal.
During the action, FIA took into custody hardware of a computer from the Central Secretariat Office of PML-N in Model Town. “A FIA team raided at the central office of PML-N and took hardware of a computer from the office,” said PML-N Deputy Secretary Ata Ullah Tarar.
“The FIA team was holding warrant for raid at the party’s central office,” he further said, adding that they had all the data kept in the IT room.
He added that Prime Minister Imran Khan wished to destroy the country by arresting all of them but they will not give up and continue struggling against him.
Atta Ullah Tarar further termed the action as a vendetta against the PML-N and asserted, “This is the very end of fascism and retaliation. We will fight vigorously against it.” He added that the forensic analysis of original video is often denied.
On December 10, Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) finalized a review petition by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif seeking reconsideration of the Aug 23 order which held that the video clip relating to former accountability judge Arshad Malik would help the petitioner only if authenticity had been created.
It should be noted here that judge Arshad Malik had dismissed all of Maryam Nawaz’s claims about victimizing ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif in fake cases of corruption.
The judge had released a statement and called the videos played by PML-N leaders during their press conference “fake, fabricated and out of context.”
He said that in Al-Azizia reference he was not pressured by anyone to deliver a verdict against Nawaz Sharif and that the decision was announced while meeting all the justice requirements. In one case, I should not have acquitted Nawaz Sharif and, if I was under pressure, sentenced him in another case, he claimed.
In December 2018, an accountability court had sentenced former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to seven-year rigorous imprisonment after it found him guilty in Al-Azizia reference, one of the three graft cases filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in line with the apex court order.
The Supreme Court on July 28, 2017, had disqualified Nawaz in Panama Papers case and ordered NAB to file separate cases which were respectively called Avenfiled, Al-Azizia and Flagship references.
Judge Muhammad Arshad Malik had acquitted Sharif in Flagship reference while the former premier and his family members were already convicted in Avenfield case.