Arsalan Iftikhar case: British journalist denies contacting anyone

Says media reports about Malik Riaz contacting her to break news about the case 'made up'.

Web Desk June 10, 2012

Terming media reports as “made up”, British journalist Christina Lamb denied having contacted anyone regarding the financial impropriety case against Dr Arslan Iftikhar, the son of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chauhdry.

Earlier, media reports had claimed that the chief of Bahria Town, Malik Riaz, had approached Lamb -- the Washington bureau chief of Sunday Times -- to “break the news” about the scandal when the chief justice was scheduled to come to receive the International Jurists Award – 2012.

The reports further claimed that this move was planned to “bring a bad name” to the chief justice and might also force him to resign.

However, in her tweet on Sunday, she said:

christinalamb ‏@christinalamb
Any purported quotes from me on CJ issue are made up, all I know is what I've read in the media and have spoken to no one!

have no idea how this started but can I clarify I am not planning a big expose on Familygate, have spoken to no one abt it

Following media reports that Dr Arsalan had received between Rs300 and Rs400 million from Riaz to influence judicial proceedings, the chief justice had taken a suo motu notice and had summoned him and Bahria Town’s chief.

Malik Riaz, however, did not appear before the court and a personal staff officer had informed the court that he was in the United Kingdom, undergoing medical treatment.


Suhail | 9 years ago | Reply

If Arsalan was ‘duped’ into thinking of himself as a shrewd businessman I doubt he was very modest in showing off his progress to his daddy dear. However, I think we can simply pick up the Court’s performance in Malik Riaz’s cases. If our rejuvenated highly efficient ‘azaad adliya’ has manged to give any substantial verdicts against him it would largely absolve the Chief Justice of blame but if no verdicts have been passed against Malik Riaz a resignation from the Chief Justice is a must! His son was making millions while a Supreme Court that takes pride in its efficiency was not able to pass a single order? Coincidence I don’t think so!

mi-ahmed | 9 years ago | Reply Pakistan is the only country where "MIGHT IS ALWAYS RITE",,on the other hand this is the core responsibility of media to make judgments and deliver information on the basis of evidence,,,but unfortunately here they never bother to confirm any news neither they complete their homework regarding concerned news,,they are always in a mood to add more spices and to create panic among all the people of Pakistan,,,,,,how unfortunate we are,,,,,,,,,,,,
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