LAHORE: (Web Desk) The Lahore High Court (LHC) chief justice terminated the services of accountability judge Arshad Malik on Friday.
According to sources, the decision was announced by the administration committee presided over by the high court’s chief justice.
Justice Mohammad Ameer Bhatti, Justice Ahmad Khan, Justice Ayesha Malik, Justice Shahid Waeed and Justice Ali Baqir took part in the committee meeting.
Malik had convicted former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in a NAB in the Al-Azizia reference.
The judge in a complaint filed with the FIA Cyber Crime Wing, had claimed that he had been blackmailed by PML-N supporters.
Judge Malik also submitted an affidavit with FIA admitting on July 14, 2019, of his meetings with ex-premier Sharif and others, also involved in purported immoral act decades back.
PML-N President Shehbaz Sharif thanked God for the LHC’s move to dismiss the judge and said that it proved that Malik’s judgment against his brother and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was not based on justice.
He demanded the decision against Nawaz be taken back in light of the judge’s dismissal. The former Punjab chief minister said that the decision proved Nawaz’s innocence.