Arsalan Iftikhar case: British journalist denies contacting anyone

Published: June 10, 2012
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Says media reports about Malik Riaz contacting her to break news about the case 'made up'. PHOTO: TWITTER

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

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.

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  • Jun 10, 2012 - 1:47PM

    Whatever the core issue is, I know one thing- History is being re-written.

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  • Oopsie!
    Jun 10, 2012 - 1:49PM

    Whoa!!! someone’s going down!!! MalikRiaz..end is near it seems!

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  • Anon..
    Jun 10, 2012 - 2:02PM

    A certain liberal journalist has been whipping up hysteria and desperately trying to turn family gate affair into an international controversy, which is why this christina lamb rumors came about. Shame on that journalist!

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  • optimist
    Jun 10, 2012 - 2:18PM

    Vow, The son also rises!

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  • Beatle
    Jun 10, 2012 - 2:21PM

    The International Jurists Award conferred to CJ Iftakhar – Being talked about loudly and celebrated – is awarded by the International Conference of Jurists, which is un-recognized shadow body and CJ Iftekhar is serving as its honourary Vice President, amongst many others. They usually give away awards based on the cash donations. This year’s receipients were CJ Iftekhar and Indian politician Mulayam Singh Yadav (ex-CM of Utter Pardesh State).
    The only known and universaly recognised jurists body is called International Commission of Jurists. And it has not confered any awards to our CJ.

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  • Basit
    Jun 10, 2012 - 2:47PM

    No surprise to have Christina Lamb’s name be mentioned in incidents that are meant to put Pakistan in a bad light by liberals.

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  • Expatriate
    Jun 10, 2012 - 2:53PM

    Christina Lamb is a seasoned and highly respected journalist who has visited Pakistan many
    a times and perhaps written a book on Pakistan/Bhutto also.She is well conversant of ethic of
    journalism.Good journalists,she being one,never divulge source of information and make sure
    the line of communication remains open even though certain items of news were not of interest to them.

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  • Zaikam
    Jun 10, 2012 - 3:00PM

    So what all we’ve been seeing in TV shows, reading in papers was all fake???? The media in Pakistan needs a serious attention and it needs it now.

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  • Beatle Maker
    Jun 10, 2012 - 3:01PM

    @ Beatle

    Well , Well , Well , Beatle i am sure you are Pakistani , criticizing your country’s Chief Justice whom even the most corrupt people admire for his honesty.

    Where were you when Rental IPP’s paid back the money. I believe sleeping with some one.

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  • Pashtun voice
    Jun 10, 2012 - 3:04PM

    @anon….which liberal journalist??? it seems its most of the extremist anchors

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  • Not me
    Jun 10, 2012 - 3:17PM

    I feel lot of people are back tracking……….

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  • Owais
    Jun 10, 2012 - 3:19PM

    Media in Pakistan spreads chinese whispers! They have no credibility n an ethical code of conduct. The journalists should b held accountable for conspiring against a judicial system. Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jun 10, 2012 - 3:21PM

    It will be interesting to read Mr.Kamran Shafi’s views in the Opinion section when they appear.

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  • Logic Europe
    Jun 10, 2012 - 3:23PM

    Because of CJ pakistans largeat political party , president, PM home minister other ministwrs havw been humiated on petty allegationsRecommend

  • Ashraf P
    Jun 10, 2012 - 3:31PM

    Truth took the last flight out of Pakistan a long time ago.Recommend

  • k. Salim Jahangir
    Jun 10, 2012 - 4:21PM

    Wait,the truth has started emerging………….Zahid Bgkhari should advise, will Riaz Malik remain under medical check up like Husain Haqqani & for how long?

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  • Truth Detector
    Jun 10, 2012 - 4:34PM

    CJ’s one brilliant preemptive move ( taking suo motu) and bringing the issue out in public has successfully thwarted the evil designs and motives of detractors. The so called case is already falling apart.

    Long Live CJ. God bless you sir, we are with you every inch of the way.

    Now, go and get the crooked and corrupt and ‘hang them high’ !!!

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  • Anon..
    Jun 10, 2012 - 4:49PM

    @pashtun voice
    Everybody knows who this chirya loving liberal journalist is who has been desperately trying to spread rumors and whip up hysteria over family gate to turn it into an international controversy.

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  • Supressed, Opressed, Depressed
    Jun 10, 2012 - 5:24PM

    @Anon: for us less informed lot, could you name him please.

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  • Basit
    Jun 10, 2012 - 5:29PM

    @Parvez:
    Mickey will of course blame the Deep State for all of the worlds past, current and future problems.

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  • PakJam
    Jun 10, 2012 - 5:39PM

    ET takes a lot of time in moderation, apparently

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  • mohamed ali jawaid
    Jun 10, 2012 - 6:14PM

    another blow to Malik Riyaz who claimed in an interview with Ansar Abbasi of The News to have contracted with her to break this Arsalan story during CJP UK visit for the award. he told ansar that when Riyaz showed his plans to Aitezaz Ahsan he stopped him from doing so. now after the move backfired, he took refuge in declaring himself medically unwell. and, his Husain Haqqani fame lawyer who kept his client ‘unwell’ in the memogate case is trying again now to keep Malik Riyaz away from the court proceedings on the same medical pretext. he seems to b an expert in such cases.

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  • Ajamal
    Jun 10, 2012 - 6:40PM

    whole episode has back fired badly on Malik Riaz. It is now time to unravel all his doings.

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  • Dr V. C. Bhutani
    Jun 10, 2012 - 6:53PM

    Ms Christina Lamb,
    It seems to me that allegations against you are being made up by interested people. You have done the right ting by offering your denial.
    I hope this matter does not drag on unnecessarily.
    By the way, does the name Alastair Lamb mean anything to you?
    Regards.
    V. C. Bhutani, Delhi, India, 10 Jun 2012, 1923 IST

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  • Truthseeker
    Jun 10, 2012 - 7:03PM

    Pakistani journalists must have learned their trade from craker jack boxes, ever hear of independent verification, how about calling Lamb to confirm, or call the banks and visit the hotles

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  • Abdul
    Jun 10, 2012 - 7:08PM

    We must appreciate this lawyers a.he selects fat clints; b.immediately these clients get sick; c.and mostly choose UK hospitals; next thing we will hear (soon) their life is in danger n can’t take risk to come/appear, let alone holding UK nationality. Pakistani’s n world should ask themselves “is UK have special policy of protecting world class criminals n corrupt individuals”?

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  • Mirza
    Jun 10, 2012 - 7:39PM

    When the allegations against 9 generals and Choudhry Jr., appear they are all baseless and conspiracy. However, the selective justice against the elected secular leaders is all fair and meets the highest levels of justice. The CJ’s family and generals cannot do this, corruption is limited to current rulers it was not there before them and would disappear after them. BTW, Gen Mush was a clean leader and CJ is clean, yet they called and tried to prove the other corrupt!

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  • stopit
    Jun 10, 2012 - 7:59PM

    People with plots and houses in Bahria town should prepare to suffer drop in their property prices.

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  • Hamza
    Jun 10, 2012 - 8:30PM

    @mirza THE SECULAR LEADERS . what a joke yaar

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  • khawaja mujtaba
    Jun 10, 2012 - 8:49PM

    it,s wrong c

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  • farooq
    Jun 10, 2012 - 10:01PM

    These all things are jokes with the people of Pakistan to bring their attention on other said from their rights like poverty, health, load shedding and etc.

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  • Syed A. Hussain
    Jun 10, 2012 - 10:53PM

    Malik Riaz has committed another crime by showing evidences to Media, which is a solid proof of his criminal intent, since then he started to blackmail a selected person to attack Judiciary and get cleared from all his crimes he has committed. Enemies of Pakistan are behind him, who are well known and now exposed to the people of Pakistan,

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  • Parvez
    Jun 10, 2012 - 11:45PM

    @Basit: He also has the capacity of calling a spade a spade. So lets wait and see.

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  • Jun 11, 2012 - 12:12AM

    Bahria Town in English means “Navy Town” and it was already legally challenged by Pakistan Navy in the courts, but due to pre-Iftikhar era, back in those days, people like Riyaz used to purchase judges instead of buying lawyers. I left the law practice only on the premise that how come a lawyer’s consciences is for sale? This noble profession got black sheeps like Aitezaz as long as they have business tycoons like Malik Riyaz who think they can continue to purchase judges for decisions to be made in their favor. Not anymore ;) Long live justice, long live Pakistan and long live Islam!!!

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  • Kaspar
    Jun 11, 2012 - 12:46AM

    All indications point to the mala fide intentions of Malik Riaz. First he maintains a ‘dossier’ regarding this phoney matter. Then he spreads rumours of giving the information to international media. Then he becomes too sick to come to Pakistan to provide evidence in the case. He hires Zahid Bukhari, and pays him the ‘best fees of his (Bukhari’s) career.’ (ZHB’s own admission). As an Urdu proverb states it, ‘Lies have no legs to stand on.’
    The people are waiting for him to give evidence in a case that, even if true, indicts Malik Riaz as much as, if not more than, Arsalan! His friends or backers should note that Musharraf’s downfall began with the so-called ‘reference’ he brought against Chaudhary Iftikhar. His backers’ downslide will begin with this concocted ‘case’ they have brought against the CJ.

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  • karnatak singh
    Jun 11, 2012 - 12:56AM

    who is going down cj or mr

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  • Mr. Honest
    Jun 11, 2012 - 1:17AM

    NOTHING and nothing at all will come out of this case… ALL BIG GUNS, the rich and powerful are involved… Be ready to see another vague verdict with no clear outcome.

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Jun 11, 2012 - 1:41AM

    Why people of Pakistan always try to make foreign journalists as their witnesses?

    The case is in Supreme Court of Pakistan between two Pakistani Nationals, what a third party of a foreign country will play a role into it?

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  • Ali tanoli
    Jun 11, 2012 - 3:27AM

    Why he is so rich bas the reason is brave faujis and its crrupt isi…. for how long i think democracy is good revenge B,B …

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jun 11, 2012 - 3:33AM

    @ Amir, word navy is widely used in west and many famous companies such as “Old Navy” has used this word in their names. Proper term for our Navy is Pakistan Naval Forces or Pakistan Navy. Therefore in my opnion using word Bahria, if its already not registered trademark of another company is legal.

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  • mi-ahmed
    Jun 11, 2012 - 2:28PM

    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,,,,,,,,,,,,Recommend

  • Suhail
    Jun 12, 2012 - 3:00AM

    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!

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