Suo motu: Spent Rs342m on Dr Arsalan Iftikhar, says Malik Riaz

Published: June 12, 2012
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ISLAMABAD: The written statement of business tycoon Bahria Town Malik Riaz, which he submitted in the Supreme Court on Tuesday stated that he spent a total amount of Rs342.5 million on chief justice’s son Dr Arsalan Iftikhar Express News reported.

Riaz said in the statement that Dr Iftikhar had “promised” that he would help settle cases in his “father’s court”, but “did not get any relief despite the money spent.”

He said that he paid for the two trips Dr Iftikhar had made to London – one with his family and the other with a friend. The businessman claimed that he also rented out a Range Rover for Dr Iftikhar while he stayed in London.

Riaz further added that he gave Rs326 million in cash to the chief justice’s son on different occasions.

He made it clear in his statement that neither the prime minister, the president or any political personality were part of or related to the agreement in any way.

During the hearing, Riaz informed the judicial bench that Dr Iftikhar had been putting the blame on him in order to “hide his own crimes.”

Justice Jawad S Khwaja observed that whenever the court’s sanctity was being questioned, they would protect it.

Riaz’s counsel, Zahid Bukhari, read out his client’s 83 page written statement.

The document entails the summary of expenses, bill receipts, airline tickets and further details.

Bukhari argued before the bench that the court could not hear the case as it was a fraud case and that it should be referred to National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

Riaz informed the court that the chief justice’s son had been “threatening” his son-in-law, Salman Ahmed, and has been “taking money from him.”

He also prayed to the court that a commission should be formed in order to decide the fate of this case.

The court adjourned the hearing till June 14.

Ali Riaz snubs media allegations against him

Snubbing bribing allegations that made rounds in the media, son of Malik Riaz, Ali Riaz Malik had said in his statement submitted in the Supreme Court on Tuesday that the Bahria Town administration did not have anything to do with the claims.

Ali Riaz, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bahria Town, had maintained in his statement that his father and mother Beena Riaz do not hold any shares in Bahria town.

He had said that neither he nor Beena Riaz made any allegations against the chief justice’s son, Dr Arsalan Iftikhar.

The Bahria Town CEO had informed the court in his statement that Malik Riaz had resigned from his position in the Bahria Town administration and that he had nothing to do with the matter.

Ali Riaz had dissociated himself from the claims made by the anchorpersons of a private TV channel.

He had said that Iftikhar did not give a statement against Bahria Town.

Next step: Investigation, says Bukhari

Bukhari, speaking to the media, said that he had presented the detailed statement to the court and now proceedings could move to the next step.

“Now the next stage, which is that of investigation, is not the job of the Supreme Court,” said Bukhari, adding that investigating was the duty of the agencies and said he had suggested that the court either form a judicial commission or forward the case to National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

“The court heard my objections and suggestions and has given a day’s time for deliberation,” Bukhari said.

“We wait for the court’s order to see whether it decides to continue hearing the case, passing it on to the concerned authorities or, possibly, decides there is no need for further proceedings.”

Information was leaked to certain media houses claiming that Dr Iftikhar had received millions of rupees and foreign trips as bribe from Malik Riaz in return for pledges to settle all pending cases related to Bahria Town.

As the news spread on national media, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had taken a suo motu notice, and had summoned his son and Malik Riaz to the apex court.

Correction: An earlier version of the article incorrectly stated the name of Malik Riaz’s wife Beena Riaz as Veena Riaz. The correction has been made.

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  • Ordinary Villager
    Jun 12, 2012 - 12:13PM

    I think the person who enjoyed bribe money and the person who gave the bribe money both should be behind bars. Malik Riaz offered bribery and he initiated the Corruption and he should be made an example out of him so that next time business tycoons will restrain away from manipulation in the country. I hope both Arsalan Iftikhar and Malik Riaz should be given hefty jail sentences so that next time no one dares to do this type of corruption.

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  • Iram
    Jun 12, 2012 - 12:29PM

    Good stance.

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  • Hashmi
    Jun 12, 2012 - 12:32PM

    Let us all know that Malik Riaz sits in the presidency, he may have been a tycoon since long, but has seen his empire and influence grow in the present era. Be it memogate or this gate why are pawns being controversialised and written upon, whereas the source of this chaos are not touched.

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  • A J Khan
    Jun 12, 2012 - 12:38PM

    Chief Justice is a very big name supported by Political Parties and Lawyers. Brother Judges would unquestionably be under lot of pressure if the case had started unfolding. In such circumstances, Ali Riaz, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Bahria Town, has rightly backed out. He would have been made an example if he has said any thing against the heir apparent.

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  • B J Khan
    Jun 12, 2012 - 12:42PM

    The fear of reprisal called for keeping silent.

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  • A J Khan
    Jun 12, 2012 - 1:17PM

    Voice supressed.

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  • ahmed
    Jun 12, 2012 - 2:06PM

    i guess if there is any true law, riaz has to be behind bars in any case. Arsalan fate will be decided afterwards

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  • Nadir
    Jun 12, 2012 - 2:13PM

    So he has come to the SC and confessed that he offered bribes. Why isnt he being convicted as we speak? And why is he being treated as some hero who is bringing forward the “truth”, where the truth is a confession of offering bribes to get favourable findings in cases against him? Actually, why is everyone silent on the cases against him? If they were all “fabricateded” why go and bribe people?

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  • elcay
    Jun 12, 2012 - 2:16PM

    According to Laws, bribe giver & taker both should be tried and punished if found guilty. Lets see who gets punished ?

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  • R.Khan
    Jun 12, 2012 - 2:17PM

    Both are equally guilty & must be punished! CJ has nothing to do with this.

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  • Liberal
    Jun 12, 2012 - 2:17PM

    CJ also enjoyed the mony, because his family enjoyed it.

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  • Anu
    Jun 12, 2012 - 2:24PM

    Just go to President, PM and Property Dealer’s house and you will find the evidences you need to solve the mystery….period

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  • Shariq
    Jun 12, 2012 - 2:26PM

    So Malik is suing Arsalan Iftikhar for not carrying out orders after paying him the bride? Not sure whether to be angry or to laugh at this.

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  • Saif
    Jun 12, 2012 - 2:26PM

    It seems a filmy scene, matter of two sons against two fathers… Hope for better and lawful conclusions.

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  • Nida ali
    Jun 12, 2012 - 2:28PM

    I think Malik riaz is the real culprit. As Malik riaz tried to bribe the judiciary. However arsalan iftikhar does not hold any position to give malik riaz relief. Also, as he stated Chief justice was not influenced by his son. So Cheif justice has done justice to his position. Malik riaz should be sentenced for what he did is a serious criminal offence.

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  • faraz
    Jun 12, 2012 - 2:33PM

    This is straightforward confession of bribery by Riaz. Sentence them both under applicable law and a plea to media: do not spread rumors and panic.

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  • Pharroq
    Jun 12, 2012 - 2:40PM

    Moral of the story: This nation is obsessed with Veena ji

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  • Intelektual
    Jun 12, 2012 - 2:41PM

    A well orchestrated drama to sabotage the CJ no one is stupid enough to demand Justice against the payments made outside of Justice ! For sure if millions of rupees are being paid in bribes the purpose for the payment is has to be illegal amounting to billions ! Y would someone point out his billions worth of fraud/forgery on media !

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  • Intelektual
    Jun 12, 2012 - 2:45PM

    Thats the difference between Mushraff and Zardari when the former wanted CJ out he did it like a man without fear of consequences but the later is weaving a web to entarp for the kill !!

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  • Amjad
    Jun 12, 2012 - 3:01PM

    How one can say tha CJ is innocent, why he didn’t thought where from all this money is coming that my family is enjoying luxurious trips to euorpe?

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  • IK
    Jun 12, 2012 - 3:01PM

    Run Run from Pakistan

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  • popsaeed
    Jun 12, 2012 - 3:04PM

    ET dont be baised its not DR iftikhar please write full name Dr Arslan IftikharRecommend

  • Pakistani
    Jun 12, 2012 - 3:05PM

    Bitch speaks..!! Malik riaz should be balck listed and refraining from doing any more business in Pakistan.. All his assets should be siezed and he should be brought to justice..

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  • Hashmi
    Jun 12, 2012 - 3:06PM

    Why do not we point out that Malik Riaz sits in the presidency. Presidency is his office. Look at Malik Riaz’s house in Isb, it is heavily guarded by the police. What for he receives this hefty security? Why are we ignoring this proximity of MR with the current govt.

    This is a case similar to memogate. HH is to be made an example of but why not those who are actually carrying out all this.

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  • hassan feroze
    Jun 12, 2012 - 3:07PM

    I think arsalan and malik riaz both are guilty whereas cj should have more control over his son to save himself from embarassment. the property of mr arsalan should be confiscated and attached to national exchequer. Let there be a comission to find out the corruption of both the parties.

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  • ishrat salim
    Jun 12, 2012 - 3:19PM

    Giver n taker of bribe..both guilty & shud be punished as per law…period…CJ has nothing to do with this…morally CJ has taken a stand to bring his son to justice unlike PM who defended his son then changed all those officers who were investigatinfg the cases….that is a difference between a person of high moral & PM who said that he has no moral ground to resisgn even though convicted in contempt of court…Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Jun 12, 2012 - 3:19PM

    “DJ and Family” must stop serving the nation any further…

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  • A
    Jun 12, 2012 - 3:24PM

    Both are guilty if this is true.

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  • Justanotherpakistani
    Jun 12, 2012 - 3:34PM

    The tallest figure of Pakistan has been demolished by his own son.

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  • Ajamal
    Jun 12, 2012 - 3:40PM

    No sooner that Malik Riaz is sentenced of bribing judiciary, he will be pardoned by ZAB.

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  • TJ
    Jun 12, 2012 - 3:45PM

    Everything aside, this boy surely does know how to party :)

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  • Anonymous
    Jun 12, 2012 - 3:46PM

    @Nadir:
    He was blackmailed

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  • Rao
    Jun 12, 2012 - 3:55PM

    malik riaz haz looted poor people just to control their landz,he must be chained,does the law allow to be bribed,if bribry is bad then malik riaz is alzo culprit why he should be spared?deal him with iron hands,whether by NAB or judiciary

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  • KB
    Jun 12, 2012 - 4:32PM

    @Anonymous: I am afraid we will not call this being blackmailed as it was basically not a transaction where Arslan was depriving him of Justice if he was not to act, rather it meant that he would offer (if true) relief for everything that is in court which by the look of it is wrong as otherwise Riaz wouldn’t have been interested in doing so.

    There is a whole lot of things in it and I am sure who started this campaign against the CJ’s son didn’t know it were to go into courts eventually rather they wanted to do it through Media which backfired

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  • loyal patriot
    Jun 12, 2012 - 4:33PM

    Pervez Musharraf’s stance came true today! His stance is vindicated today. I wish Musharraf well for future!

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  • Insaaf
    Jun 12, 2012 - 4:38PM

    with due respect to honorable CJ how can he be ignorant about his son though Arsalan is grownup and independent individual but as a father how can CJ be not aware of his changing life style knowing his known source of income!!! it has also been reported in media that Mrs CJ (mother of Arsalan) also traveled to London on leisure trip with his son and still CJ was not aware what was happening!!

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  • Ahmed HM
    Jun 12, 2012 - 4:49PM

    Both need to be punished. How can one just think of bribing someone to settle the cases in favor of him?

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  • AnisAqeel
    Jun 12, 2012 - 4:55PM

    Some people go above and beyond to support one party to the other without going in to the claim. I believe it is not a bribery case but fraud, extortion and black mail. Just hold on your horses see how many other things are going to pop up! If an open lavish style living is proven within the CJ’s family, he may also be in trouble as if he did not know, he should have known will shoot in.

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  • Tribal
    Jun 12, 2012 - 4:56PM

    All here condem RM only lil say abot AAC… I dnt knw to cry or laugh or my country fate… Trace back hsitory of AAC… hw can he manage lofty trips to Europe if he was retired and father has no money or home… was CJP was so busy not to notice where his son was while Arsalan was abroad… or CJP dnt knw where r family member going… to me all issue are being made to distract laymen attention fromthe reall problems of thes tate… sub Topi drama hy…. CJP u should better think…. y it happend,,, y u didnt ask ur son that frm where these money came?

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  • Tribal
    Jun 12, 2012 - 5:00PM

    @Amjad:
    True …. True … True… Very True…… now wen it exposed he took suomoto…. jst to through muds in eyes of Pakistani… what a dirty game the playing

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  • Das
    Jun 12, 2012 - 5:01PM

    @ Amjad,

    Answer your question in respect of P M and P.Elahi!Recommend

  • Qasim
    Jun 12, 2012 - 5:09PM

    I can clearly smell the jealousy here. so much negativity for Malik Riaz … I am sure all of you have given to someone atleast once in your life.. Remember you are living in Pakistan you have to clean the system first before forcing it on individuals.. I like CJ too and its unfortunate that his son embarrassed him so badly.. For me Dr Arslan and Malik Riaz should be punished ..Recommend

  • Rana
    Jun 12, 2012 - 5:17PM

    Milk Riaz confessed part of his crime before Supreme Court, lets watch the other side what they come up with!!

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  • AS
    Jun 12, 2012 - 5:24PM

    I’m sure Malik Riaz’s lawyer will argue that it was a case of extortion/blackmail and hence his client did nothing wrong. That’s a recognized defense against ‘unclean hands’ problem that several posters have pointed out. Rightly so, the only ones who will be the casualties in this case are the prodigal son and the father who was so oblivious to everything around him including how his son became a billionaire businessman during a double-dip global recession.

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  • Maher
    Jun 12, 2012 - 5:25PM

    Malik Riaz provided solid proofs…

    Now 2 scenarios. 1st Zardari & Co. is involved in it to pressurize CJ to step down or to give CLEAN CHIT for PPP’s DEMOCRATIC GOVT era. 2nd they will drag CJ in court to give his views whether he was involved in it or not. I think Zardari & Co. have planned this on a larger scale…

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  • Truth Bites
    Jun 12, 2012 - 5:26PM

    Perverting the course of Justice! anyone who has done it, and anyone who is aiding or promising it, should be punished! Bahria Town mafia will all its money trying to make it itself away from these issues when all being said and done is to protect Bahria Town malpractices.

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  • wazirabadi
    Jun 12, 2012 - 5:29PM

    An amount of Rs 342.5 million used as bribery and a lot of efforts were made during a period three years and even then no case decided in favor of Malik Riaz. In other words Malik was unable to influence the judiciary. Now suppose if CJ was aware of all these happenings and inspite of that did not give any favor to Malik Riaz then what is the conclusion? In my opinion if CJ was unaware then Malik Riaz and Doctor Arslan will face the consequences and if CJ was aware and kept silent then I think he is the one who will bring the cat out of bag. CJ is a seasoned personality I can never even imagine that he could have kept himself silent if he knew all the things. Now we have to wait and see that how many people become involved in this case other than Malik and Arslan.

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  • Very 1
    Jun 12, 2012 - 5:45PM

    @Shariq: Hey, he not suing man. He’s complying with a court order under a suo moto.

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  • Rashid
    Jun 12, 2012 - 6:17PM

    Its big game played by notorious players…
    Ultimately the only suffering parties are ‘Pakistan’ and ‘innocent nation’.

    ALL NATION…..PLEASE GET RID OF SUCH WORST RULERS…
    PLEASE BEG FOR FORGIVENESS FROM ALL MIGHTY “ALLAH”…PLEASERecommend

  • smj
    Jun 12, 2012 - 6:35PM

    I love the irony in the word used for Supreme Court of Pakistan ‘his father’s court”. This is how exactly it is these days as supreme court, judges and lawyers are pledging alliance to the chief justice as he is an elected offical leading a country.

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  • Butt
    Jun 12, 2012 - 6:36PM

    Musharraf we miss you. You decision to file reference against CJ has been finally vindicated. CJ’s son became billionaire in less than 3 years and yet CJ claims to unaware of that. Who is going to believe that!

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  • Attorney Kamal
    Jun 12, 2012 - 6:41PM

    This is the biggest and most heinous case of corruption and blackmail in the history of Pak Supreme Court. Whatever may be the outcome, Ch Iftikhar, the CJ, should immediately resign. People have lost faith and trust in this SC. Its reputation and image is irreparably tainted.

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  • Mirza
    Jun 12, 2012 - 7:11PM

    If the people who pay the bribes are criminals and go to jail then most of the population of Pakistan should be in jail. Most people are forced to pay the bribe; they do not do it happily and do not appreciate it. That is what makes it illegal. This is called extortion, blackmail or asking for bribes. The notion that a class one Govt officer Dr. Arsalan is innocent kid is the most ridicules argument for him accepting hundreds of millions and family trips. Poor CJ did not know how his son could afford that kind of extravagance.

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  • Asad
    Jun 12, 2012 - 8:12PM

    324m is a small amount its even less than how much bahria spends in a day on TV adverts.

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  • Tanner
    Jun 12, 2012 - 8:21PM

    Malik says CJ is clean, than he says 352million spend on Arsalan trips, why because Malik wanted to get clean chit on his cases. Excellent example “a thief met his match a greater thief” which Malik calls now “Don”. Well2 Malik Sahib why are you crying now, think about it maybe Allah wanted this way. But this 352million is peanut for you, let it go n accept you were doing wrong to innocent people n Almighty just shook you to become a better human being. Think hard it may help you.

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  • Talha
    Jun 12, 2012 - 8:50PM

    I think arslan iftikhar is personally involved in this matter, without the CJ knowing anything about the matter. It is hard to believe that how a breadwinner and the head of the family was unaware of the fact that his family were paying foreign visits for three consecutive years. Further evidence which is not highlighted in this article is that Arslan Chaudry accompanied a women called Sana hanfi, who was with him in one of his trip in Monte Carlo, a city known for its casino’s. He spend lavishly in Harrods, London and Monte Carlo. He also stayed in Hilton Parklane, rented and spent tens of thousands of pounds on a single trip.

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  • Kaspar
    Jun 12, 2012 - 8:59PM

    One is astonished that a person who trapped an unwary soul to get ‘relief’ from the courts, and bribed him for continuously 3 years ‘without getting ‘relief’ now has the audacity to put direct ‘questions’ to the Honourable CJ! It is a straight case of blackmail! Someone is surely at his back, and many have insinuated about this personality. To what low have we descended during the current dispensation? Anyone thinking about that!

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  • Jun 12, 2012 - 9:21PM

    when ijaz puts blame on haqqani without any proof then it is considered a fact and haqqANI has to lose his post. but when it comes to CJ’s own son then it is a conspiracy.
    what is the definition of double standards?

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  • Patriot
    Jun 12, 2012 - 9:30PM

    If I remember correctly President Musharraf had also many evidence against Chief Justice’s son. At that time everyone stood behind the chief justice, just because a “dictator” had highlighted this now what are the people of Pakistan are going to do – I hope think rationally not emotionally because that has been Pakistan’s problem. Pakistani’s make losers into hero’s and hero’s into loser!

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  • Truth Teller
    Jun 12, 2012 - 9:36PM

    CJ is Targeted! Malik Riaz is a known crook.

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  • Kamran
    Jun 12, 2012 - 9:42PM

    The UK Bribery Act clealry states both active and Passive bribes are punishable.

    The one who accepts and the other who offers or gives a bribery are equally liable in UK law ref Bribery Act 2010 and alao Islamic Law ( now Mullah need to wake up of this proven case).

    US FCPA also puts heavy penelaties on such cases even they do not spare big businesses e.g. Siemns, JP Morgan etc.

    Moreover One question always need answer why CJ did not know what his son or family is doing and enjoying luxury of life.

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  • Farhan
    Jun 12, 2012 - 11:30PM

    The question is , why would Malik Riaz admit at this point in time , that he had BRIBED Arsalan Iftikhar . Is he not aware that he too will be convicted for offering a bribe, and that too, to influence the decision making process of the highest court in the country . Arsalan Iftikhar , if found guilty , should be given the punishment he deserves . However ,for me, the most worrying thing is , how much of an influence people like Malik Riaz have over the decision making and day to day running of the country. We thought the generals and politicians were not being held accountable for their actions , now we need to add property tycoons and media tycoons to that list .

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  • mrs ahmed
    Jun 13, 2012 - 2:54AM

    what utter nonsense going on making this greedy person who began with false petrol slips into some pious larger than life , Naozbillah he is being considered at par with
    Khufai Rashdeen , best is to ask him to resign , which he should have five years ago , i feel this is all created by nawaz sharif, the master strokeman , who made this monster of CJ , to get himself cleaned of high jacking , conviction , this is the way it works , job done , , spent bullet is discarded

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  • John
    Jun 14, 2012 - 12:28AM

    I wonder what happened to my comment on Mush here!

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  • Faisal
    Jun 14, 2012 - 2:21AM

    CJ should explain why he didn’t take notice when Aitazaz came to him. he could have probed the matter. Instead keeps on hearing Baharia town cases. Come on no one can be that nieve.
    He in not responsible for his sons actions,he does not know even after aitazaz telling him. Those for those who are saying Malik Riaz is bribing CJ son i just wana say it would come in defination of bribary only if routine matter was pending and somebody is trying to influence the decision. However if suo moto actions are being taken and new cases are being forced to be filed against it will be called blackmailing.

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  • Haris Farooq
    Jun 15, 2012 - 2:14PM

    Once a sitting CJ acts like a Political Figure, and also make so many enemies in power circles. He is bound to face a backlash like this.

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