Former accountability judge Arshad Malik dies from Coronavirus

News Desk

The former accountability judge Arshad Malik has died in Islamabad due to the novel Covid19 pandemic.

According to media reports, the news has been confirmed by his brother-in-law, Waheed Javed.

Waheed Javed has said the condition of Arshad Malik was critical for the past two days and he had been placed on the ventilator.

Arshad Malik was under treatment at Shifa International Hospital in Islamabad.

The former judge is survived by two sons and two daughters.

It is to be mentioned here that in December 2018, Arshad Malik had convicted the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the Al Azizia reference, sentencing him to seven years in jail. However, he had acquitted Sharif in the Flagship reference.

After a year-long inquiry in July 2020, the Lahore High Court’s (LHC) administration committee had removed Arshad Malik from service on charges of misconduct relating to a video scandal that broke in 2019, and which sent ripples through political and legal circles.

The scandal was brought to the limelight by PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz, who had at the time come forward with video clips purportedly showing Malik confessing that he had been “pressured and blackmailed” to convict Nawaz Sharif in the Al Azizia corruption reference, according to Dawn report.