Malik Riaz refuses to appear before Suddle commission

Published: September 10, 2012

Zahid Bukhari says his client, Malik Riaz, will not be appearing before the commission for its hearings. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Real estate tycoon Malik Riaz has refused to appear before the  inquiry commission in the Arsalan Iftikhar case, headed by former police official Dr Shoaib Suddle, his lawyer Zahid Bukhari said Monday.

Express News reported that Riaz will file a review petition in the Supreme Court on the constitution of the commission.

According to his counsel, Zahid Bukhari, Riaz will not be appearing before the commission for its hearings.

The commission, constituted on the Supreme Court’s orders, has obtained the complete record of the case from the court and the National Accountability Bureau.

Evidence will be collected from those are party in the case.

The media will be allowed to monitor the commission’s proceedings.

Once the court releases its directives, Dr Suddle will have to complete his investigation within 30 days. He will be granted the powers of a magistrate and will be able to call assistance from lawyers and deploy state machinery as needed.

The commission will launch an inquiry against Riaz, Dr Arsalan and Riaz’s son-in-law Salman Ahmed.

The commission will also probe SP Faisal Bashir and his subordinate officer’s link with Riaz along with their professional misconduct.

Reader Comments (19)

  • Nasir Mahmood
    Sep 10, 2012 - 1:14PM

    Suddle is a credible man who will not favour anybody. Surely MR is afraid of accountability because the people who patted him have distanced themselves from him.

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  • Fugitive
    Sep 10, 2012 - 1:32PM

    What do you mean by “headed by former police official Dr Shoaib Suddle”; of whom is he head of?

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  • Khalq e Khuda
    Sep 10, 2012 - 1:44PM

    @Nasir Mahmood:

    According to many sources Suddle is a fast friend of Arsalan Iftikhar. If Arsalan Iftikhar can refuse to appear before NAB, this is clearly more than justified.

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  • Dr. Doolittle
    Sep 10, 2012 - 1:53PM

    The nation is being taken for a ride on these court case soap operas.

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  • S. ANWAR ALI SHAH.
    Sep 10, 2012 - 2:07PM

    Malik Riaz should appear before the one man commission who enjoys a name of good repute and to prove his claim; if he is on right path.

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  • Hafiz Shah Ali
    Sep 10, 2012 - 2:13PM

    Dr Shoib Suddle is a Federal Tax Ombudsman and he is a man of integrity.
    Mr Malik Riaz is not above law and he should comply or face the wrath of law
    No one is above the law how ever rich one may be

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  • casim
    Sep 10, 2012 - 2:25PM

    @Khalq e Khuda:
    oh can you enlighten us about those so called SOURCES ? :)

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  • a&a
    Sep 10, 2012 - 2:25PM

    That’s a fair reply from MR . . .!!!!
    Why TJ’s Son refused NAB JIT. . . . ???

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  • a&a
    Sep 10, 2012 - 2:29PM

    The commission will also probe SP
    Faisal Bashir and his subordinate
    officer’s link with Riaz along with
    their professional misconduct

    Who will Investigate closed Ties Between the DOCS! . . . ????

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  • Beatle
    Sep 10, 2012 - 3:00PM

    Should’t he be calling the CJ to check his involvement? Or atleast incourging (by keeping quite even after being infomed by a well wisher) his son to carry on with corruption. But it won’t happen, I bet.

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  • Sep 10, 2012 - 3:27PM

    @Khalq e Khuda “according to many sources”… mind sharing some of them ?

    Suddle has been a credible officer for a very long time, even since early 90s. Arsalan Iftikhar.. Iftikhar Chourdhry weren’t even there when he proved himself to be credible. Even the president trust him to being honest.

    Unless you are just here following dirty agenda like that of Mr. Abbidi, “The media will be allowed to monitor the commission’s proceedings” should be more than enough to make anybody believe that truth will come out. Period !

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  • Uza Syed
    Sep 10, 2012 - 4:08PM

    The commission, constituted on the Supreme Court’s ILLEGAL orders (without any authority granted by our system!) must be treated as an illegal entity without any locus standi. I’m glad that Malik Riaz took this stand, I’d liked him saying that this illegal act is condemnable and must all who care about law and judicial system must resist this cover up and obstruction of justice by one, two or more of the jusdges of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, in the name of an inquiry.

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  • straightup
    Sep 10, 2012 - 5:29PM

    The honorbale PCO CJ is the enemy of the state, he’s been methodically killing the state by acting like God himself. Now he’s stooped too low to protect his gambler son and has started illigal acts which have no place in constitution. By the way can a citizen demand that NAB is incompetant and therefore all cases handled by NAB are null and void.

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  • Truth Bites
    Sep 10, 2012 - 5:34PM

    It becomes a fashion and delaying tactics for mega crooks to avoid courts! They are becoming above the law by saying – Supreme Court issued illegal orders! get some sense, If supreme court orders and judgment becomes precedents – almost a law!

    People are ignorant that they praise people not to listen to courts now! be a PM or a thug like Malik Riaz!

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  • Shahryar Ahmed
    Sep 10, 2012 - 5:42PM

    If my memory serves correct, the reference filled by Musharraf on CJP, one of the first references were on his son’s promotion & business dealings were’nt they?????

    Unfortunately, no cared to open with those references ever & till now the Supreme Judicial Council has not yet given a detail judgement.

    The current CJP was restored then, on a short order.

    Another thing, the current CJP takes Sou Moto notices on every small ting, how come Senetor Raza Abidi has not been called as yet to the court on the claims he have been making in the media about CJP & his son???? I wonder what is actually stopping the courts from taking action against the senetor? Is it, that the evidence he has are correct?

    Where there is smoke, there is always a fire!!!!Recommend

  • ZSJ
    Sep 10, 2012 - 5:49PM

    Dear All, Now the Nation must get rid of these Malik Riaz etc. They are all one. We must stand with Supreme Court. As Supreme Court had to tackle the clever imposters therefore this decision was a must. I Salute Supreme Court and wish that Dr Sohaib who is a right person does excellent inquiry of this case. Recommend

  • Abdul Waheed
    Sep 10, 2012 - 6:00PM

    Many legal experts like Justice (R) Tariq, Asma Jahangir, Babar Sattar etc criticized / condemned the judgement of SC on Review Petition of Arsalan Iftikhar and constitution of one man judicial commission. They even took stand that SC is not empowered to constitute judicial commission. This was only to give protection to Arsalan who was so rude and using the authority of his powerful father to threaten a state institution i.e NAB. SC discredited the state institutions i.e NAB, FIA. Previously SC has been discrediting the pillers of State i.e Presidency, Parliament, Prime Minister. Malik Riaz has the moral / legal right to file a review petition against the unpopular judgement of SC. .

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  • Mirza
    Sep 10, 2012 - 7:12PM

    The PCO CJ and his poor homeless son can never be wrong. A retired police officer is a fair judge in this case especially when his police dept was most honest in the world. The SC CJ has full faith in Dr. Suddle that is why they have close family relationships and that is why the good judge and his son went for the police chief. Make no mistake about it, police has been the most corruption free dept in Pakistan. They would make Malik Riaz and his son in law admit anything they want. This case should be decided with Riaz and his family in jail and a billion in compensation paid to poor Arsalan.

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  • gp65
    Sep 10, 2012 - 8:09PM

    @casim: “@Khalq e Khuda:
    oh can you enlighten us about those so called SOURCES ? :)”
    Asma Jahangir the former President of Supreme Court Bar Association is one such source. IT is also a fact that Shoaib Suddle was present in every single wedding related ceremont for Arsalan. When Arsalan refused to appear before NAB citing bias, Mallik Riaz is not wrong? What is wrong is that a single member commission consistig of family friend of one of the parties was made by the the CJ uncles of Arsalan.

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