Demand for Commission to probe Pakistan’s ex-Chief Justice Saqib Nisar audio leak

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Islamabad, Nov 28 : The Sindh High Court Bar Association (SHCBA) and judicial commission member from Sindh has moved the Islam­a­bad High Court (IHC) for setting up of an independent commission to ascertain the authenticity of the leaked audio clip of former Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar.

The committee will also investigate events before and after the conviction of Nawaz Sharif.

According to a report by Dawn, the etition filed by SHCBA Pre­si­dent Salahuddin Ahmed and member of the Judicial Commission of Pakistan (Sindh) Syed Haider Imam Rizvi highlighted the events which were reported in the mainstream media prior, during and after the conviction of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law.

Chief Justice Athar Minallah will be hearing the case on Monday.

The petitioners have urged the IHC to appoint an independent commission with members or retired jud­ges of superior judiciary, legal professionals, journalists and civil society members to undertake “a comprehensive inquiry” to ascertain authenticity or otherwise of the “audio recording purported to be of former Chief Justice Saqib Nisar”, the Pakistan daily reported.

The plea said, “Series of events that have taken place tend to erode the credibility, reputation and independence of the judiciary in the eyes of the people.”

Last week, Nisar had termed the leaked audio clip of his conversation with an unidentified person wherein he had reportedly given instructions to sentence former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, as “fabricated”.

His reaction was in response to a claim by a Pakistani journalist on a website that the former CJP had directed his subordinates to sentence Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz as per the “instutions” in 2018.

The audio clip was also shared by another journalist, Ahmed Noorani who alleged that Nasir had instructed his juniors to send the father-daughter to jail “as institutions wanted to bring Imran Khan to power”.

The Express Tribune quoted him as saying in the audio clip, “Let me be a little blunt about it; unfortunately, here it is the ‘institutions’ which dictate judgments. In this case, we will have to penalise Mian Sahib [Nawaz Sharif].

“And ‘they’ say ‘we shall bring Khan Sahib’. Regardless of the merit, we will have to do it, and even to his daughter [Maryam].”

The other person, whose identity has not been revealed, replied, “But, in my view, his daughter doesn’t merit a sentence.”

Responding to the reports, the CJP told a local TV channel, “I have just listened to this audio … this audio clip is fake which has been attributed to me.”

Meanwhile, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Marriyum Aurangzeb said a US-based company has certified the authenticity of the audio clip.

Earlier, former chief judge of apex court of Gilgit-Baltistan Rana M Shamim said he was a witness to former chief justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar’s order to a high court judge to not release Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz on bail at any cost before 2018 general elections.

According to the affidavit of Shamim, “Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz Sharif must remain in jail until the general elections are over. On assurances from the other side, he (Saqib Nisar) became calm and happily demanded another cup of tea.”

The document stated that the ex-GB chief judge’s statement was given under oath before the Oath Commissioner on November 10.

Both Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz were convicted by an accountability court in a corruption case before the July 25, 2018 general elections.

According to The News International, their lawyers had moved court for suspension of the conviction but the case after initial hearings was postponed till last week of July.

However, former Chief Justice Saqib Nisar has denied he had ever issued directions to any of his subordinate judges in any judicial order, including Nawaz Sharif, Shehbaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz.

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