Malik Riaz did not give any interview to journalists: Zahid Bukhari

Published: June 8, 2012
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Counsel of Malik Riaz in Arsalan Iftikhar case to file application for constitution of larger bench.  PHOTO: EXPRESS/ FILE

Counsel of Malik Riaz in Arsalan Iftikhar case to file application for constitution of larger bench. PHOTO: EXPRESS/ FILE

LAHORE: Zahid Bukhari, the counsel for real estate tycoon Malik Riaz, said on Friday that his client had not given an interview to journalists regarding the bribes scam currently being heard by the Supreme Court, and involving the Chief Justice of Pakistan’s son Dr Arsalan Iftikhar.

He was speaking to the media in the premises of the Lahore High Court on Friday. Bukhari has claimed to be Riaz’s counsel and had appeared before the Supreme Court on Thursday on his behalf.

He revealed that an application for the constitution of a larger bench on the issue will be filed on Saturday, and added that the chief justice will be requested to not sit on benches hearing cases pertaining to Bahria Town.

Referring to Riaz’s interviews published in Daily Jang and The News on Friday, Bukhari alleged that the interviews were fabricated. In the interviews, Riaz had said that he was not against the Chief Justice, and that there were no powers, civilian or military behind the case.

The lawyer further said that his client will not give any interview to the media about the case and will only reveal facts before the Supreme Court. Riaz, he said, will return to the country to appear before the court as soon as his doctors allow him to travel.

When asked, Bukhari chose not to disclose the amount of case fee he had received from Riaz, but said it was the best in his whole career.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Logic Europe
    Jun 8, 2012 - 9:27PM

    is any body credible anymore ??

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  • Mirza
    Jun 8, 2012 - 9:47PM

    The organizations which fabricate stories of false interviews are not making simple mistakes but conspiring against the truth intentionally even with the case in SC.

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  • Zaikam
    Jun 8, 2012 - 10:16PM

    So what made top headline in all leading newspapers today was all fake?

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  • Jun 8, 2012 - 11:01PM

    but he talked to many journalists, He also invited Javed Chaudhry at his home and presented proofs before him, read Javed Chaudhry’s todays column Bukhari sb

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  • Benbane Head
    Jun 8, 2012 - 11:45PM

    Why would we be interested in how much fee Mr. Bukhari is charging! That is something very personal and should be respected.

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  • waqas
    Jun 9, 2012 - 12:19AM

    hw u get admission in medical college aftr getting grade C in Fsc?? its long story. Cj is not any Farishtaa!! we need to wake up

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  • Umer
    Jun 9, 2012 - 12:28AM

    I think all parties will now try to bury this issue as it will expose all of the corrupt elite if not done so soon.

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  • Kaspar
    Jun 9, 2012 - 12:56AM

    Let Malik Riaz come and give his statement and ‘evidence.’ This is another of those cases that only great crooks can bring into existence from nowhere. Let MR also convince us what made him spend lavishly on the CJ’s son. If he had no axe to grind, and no powers that be were behind this sordid affair, then he would have a tough time justifying his actions. He would find himself in greater trouble than those whom he or his backers intended to harm!
    Anyway, let us wait for events to unfold and truth to come out. It will not take very long.

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  • syra
    Jun 9, 2012 - 2:27AM

    Badami Presenter at ARY was also asking this question about Mr Bukhari’s fee – did any one asked him that how much ARY pays him or on which party’s pay roll is he on – Extremely unprofessional Badami Presenter !
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  • Aftab
    Jun 9, 2012 - 3:01AM

    The corrupt mafia has yet again been exposed. They used the media to try and destroy the CJ’s credibility. However they failed miserably, he has come out stronger than ever. Lesson for the media is not to allow itself to be used for the wrong things. Media should tirelessly carry on exposing these distasteful individuals who believe they are above the law. IMRAN KHAN is the only credible leader left with a vision to make Pakistan a civilised country. Vote for him if you want to save your country

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  • HADI SAKEY
    Jun 9, 2012 - 9:03PM

    If Malik Riaz did not give any interview then who provided documents to Hamid Mir, Kamran Khan and Najam Sethi and Shaheen Sahbai – all of Geo/Jang Group. Why such info leaked to these journalists only – if Malik Riaz did not grant an interview to these people.

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  • Jun 10, 2012 - 7:39PM

    I am standing on the brink and looking around,
    looks no one come and safe me from further destruction.

    All are playing game,are smeared with med of corruption,
    dirty mud of corruption shattered everywhere,
    the only pillar of the state ,people have unique respect for
    black clouds has begun thundering around it,
    God Bless all of us.

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  • Jun 10, 2012 - 9:13PM

    According the teachings of Quraan,
    father is not responsible for the evil deeds of his son.

    Pakistan is an islamic state,there is majority of muslims,
    but have seen many cases,police put father in place of son

    Small cases,baseless groundless in nature takes years in getting decisions,
    poor people exhausted and died in the way leading to justice,due to prolonged
    duration.

    Illegal gratification,corruption misconduct,has become matter of the day attributed
    to our society just as it is our destiny.

    Tremendous change is dire need of the time.

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  • Javed
    Jun 11, 2012 - 1:25AM

    If Malik Riaz did not give interview,how GEO anchors managed to get info?If GEO did not bring out this scandal,how CJ took somo notice.Attorny of MR is talking nonsence.You can imagine the standard of our lawyers.Lets face the fact that every person is convinced,by heart that It’s a scandal to belign CJ,who bent upon to sort out the corrupt.Our corrupt politicians have to protect themseleves from him.Lets see who wins.
    If son of CJ goes behind bars,he will set this example of justice and then no one will be spared by him and whole nation will be behind him.If his son is proved innocent,be rest assured Malik Riaz should be behind bars.Seems some on has taken a bite more than he can chew.

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