Accountability court judge Bashir given additional charge in place of Malik

Ministry of Law stopped Arshad Malik from working as an accountability court judge last week


Saqib Virk July 15, 2019
Arshad Malik was removed after a video scandal unveiled against him by PML-N

ISLAMABAD: Accountability Court-I Judge Muhammad Bashir was given on Monday additional charge of Islamabad’s Accountability Court-II.

The IHC Registrar Office sent a letter to the Ministry of Law on the directives of IHC Acting Chief Justice Aamer Farooq, recommending that the cases heard by the Accountability Court-II judge Arshad Malik might also be transferred to Bashir.

The ministry stopped Malik from working as the accountability court judge after the PML-N unveiled a video in which he confessed to be blackmailed into convicting former premier Nawaz Sharif in Al-Azizia case.

Bashir, in a landmark verdict, had sentenced Sharif to 10 year imprisonment last year in the Avenfield corruption reference, a case of amassing assets beyond one's known sources of income.

Other high-profile cases, including the fake bank accounts case against former president Asif Ali Zardari and others, are also under proceeding in his court.

According to a notification issued in this regard, Bashir will serve on the post till the appointment of permanent judge, and get a 20 per cent extra allowance for holding the additional charge.

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