Recently removed Accountability Court Judge Arshad Malik has claimed that he was offered a Rs500 million cash bribe by the son of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif to resign after announcing verdict in the Al-Azizia reference.
In his sensational affidavit submitted to the Islamabad High Court chief justice on Friday, Malik revealed that Hussain Nawaz had also offered to relocate him along with his family to the United Kingdom, Canada or any other country of his choice if he accepted the offer.
As per the affidavit, Hussain had asked Malik to resign on the grounds that he “could no longer deal with the guilt of having convicted” Nawaz under pressure in the Al-Azizia/Hill Metal Establishment reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau.
The judge – who was removed earlier in the day – claimed that Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz offered bribes and threatened with dire consequences to force him into announcing verdicts in favour of Nawaz in the Al-Azizia and Flagship Investments references, and later to coerce him into resigning from his office.
Arshad Malik also lifted lid on a meeting of him with ousted premier Nawaz Sharif during latter’s six-weeks bail period.
According to the affidavit, the judge met former premier Nawaz Sharif on 6th April and personally told him that his conviction in the Al-Azizia reference was based on legal grounds.