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Islamabad, Dec 26 : Former Chief Justice of Gilgit-Baltistan Rana Shamim had signed an affidavit, wherein former Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar was accused of blocking trials of PML-N chief and Maryam Nawaz, in the office of Nawaz Sharif, media reported on Sunday.
According to The Express Tribune, Shamim had taken the oath and signed an affidavit in the office of Nawaz Sharif, trying to incriminate former Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar and sitting judges of Islamabad High Court.
Following the revelation, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry said the latest report has proved that the Sharif family “worked like a Sicilian mafia”.
He said that the report exposed the Sharif family’s expertise in blackmailing institutions, including the judiciary, like a ‘mafia’, Geo TV reports.
In November, Ahmed Hasan Rana, the son of Rana Shamim, said his father was the vice president of PML-N Sindh lawyers wing.
Speaking during a ARY News programme, Rana said his father’s affiliation with the PML-N was known by everyone.
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 denied he had ever issued directions to any of his subordinate judges in any judicial order, including Nawaz Sharif, Shehbaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz.