LAHORE: Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan admitted on Monday that real estate tycoon Malik Riaz, involved in the Arsalan Iftikhar scandal, has shown him some documents relating to the case which made him feel sorry for Dr Arsalan Iftikhar, son of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.
But, the chief justice has nothing to do with the alleged wrongdoings of his son and Arsalan will be responsible for his own actions, Aitzaz maintained while speaking to the media in the Lahore High Court premises on Monday. He added that people should not point fingers at the chief justice because of his son.
“The chief justice should have not sat on the bench hearing Arsalan’s case, and he took a wise decision in disengaging himself from the bench in view of public opinion,” Aitzaz said.
He said that Riaz has returned to the country and will present the relevant material in the Supreme Court. It will be up to the court to ascertain whether it was a conspiracy or not, he added.
Aitzaz, despite requests, declined to divulge details of the material shown to him by Riaz, saying it is improper to discuss in public the material on which the Supreme Court will take a decision.
He further said that the media had exaggerated the issue on the basis of hearsay, which is highly regrettable. He also rebutted the allegation that he had contacted British journalist Kristina Lamb. He clarified that the last time he had contacted Lamb was in 2007.