in a major development in Accountability Court judge Arshad Malik’s video scandal case, two leading audio video forensic firms have authenticated the audios, videos and transcripts of judge Arshad Malik’s videos and audios for Pakistan courts, sources said.
According to credible sources, the two digital forensic expert firms, working separately, have confirmed in their notes addressed to Pakistani courts that the videos and audios made by Nasir Butt are genuine, original and the contents have not been tampered with or altered at any stage.
PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz on July 6 came out with explosive claims regarding the trial that led to her father, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, being convicted and sentenced to prison, saying the entire judicial process was severely compromised. The video clip was played at the joint press conference led by senior PML-N leadership revealed a meeting between a party worker [Nasir Butt] and the accountability judge.
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On the other hand, Arshad Malik while clarifying his position in this case had submitted an affidavit. In an affidavit submitted in IHC, Judge Malik had claimed he was offered Rs500 million by the son of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif to resign on the pretext that he could “no longer deal with the guilt of having convicted the former premier under duress and without evidence”.
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The judge further claimed that he was blackmailed after being shown the video and told to record an audio message that he delivered the verdicts to appease the “ruling elite” under immense pressure and that substantial evidence was not available against the former prime minister.