Maryam takes jibe at ex-CJP over alleged audio clip

Maryam takes jibe at ex-CJP  over alleged audio clip

Asks Justice (Retd) Nisar to take courage and tell nation who had forced him against her, Nawaz

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ISLAMABAD:PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz on Wednesday asked former chief justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar to “take courage and tell the public who had forced him to convict her and PML-N Supremo Nawaz Sharif” in the Avenfield reference.
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad with other senior PML-N leaders, Maryam asked: “If Nawaz didn’t deserve the punishment, then why didyou [ex-CJP] play with the justice system? You were sitting in the highest forum and why could you not refuse orders to convict Nawaz Sharif?”
Maryam said “propaganda” had been started against the “renowned” US company that carried out the forensic of the audio clip and reportedly stated that it had not been edited or tampered with.
“Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui also made a startling statement, while [former accountability judge] Arshad Malik was punished for speaking the truth,” Maryam said, adding although the two judges had been removed, “nobody dared to come forward to provide justice to Nawaz Sharif.”
Maryam today said while doubts could be raised about the latest audio clip, Justice Siddiqui and Justice Rana Shamim, who has recently issued an affidavit accusing Nisar of judicial interference, were alive. “You can call them to get their attestations,” she added.
Maryam alleged that Nawaz had been expelled from his office “for not taking a salary from his son” and a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) had been formed to investigate the Sharif family’s assets. But referring to an investigation that recently exposed the offshore holdings of a number of prominent government members, she questioned: “Where was the JIT when Pandora Papers surfaced?”
“I want Saqib Nisar to get a forensic audit conducted, face the law and build a dam from the money he gets after winning the case,” she said, calling upon the judiciary “not to bear the burden of someone whose truth is now out”.
Avenfield hearing
Earlier in the day, a division bench of the Islamabad High Court, comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, resumed hearing on the appeals filed by Maryam and her husband retired Capt Mohammad Safdar against their convictions in the Avenfield reference.
The court accepted the request filed by Maryam’s counsel, Advocate Irfan Qadir, to adjourn the hearing without any proceedings because of him being occupied with another case.
Justice Farooq proposed that the next hearing could be scheduled for December 15, but Safdar informed the court that their son Junaid was getting married on Dec 17.
The court subsequently adjourned the hearing on the appeals till Dec 21.
On Tuesday, Advocate Qadir, who was engaged by Maryam last month, filed an application before the IHC seeking hearing on any other date except Nov 24 as he was supposed to appear before the Supreme Court.

PML-N Vice President admits her audio clip about stopping media ads was authentic

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ISLAMABAD: PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz has admitted that her audio clip about stopping media ads to four channels was authentic.
In a press conference held regarding the ongoing issue of an audio clip allegedly containing the voice of former chief justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar, a reporter questioned Maryam about the authenticity of the audio clip.
Maryam replied to the question saying that she will not deny that the voice is hers or say it has been “fabricated”. “I was running the party’s media cell at that time and it is an old audio clip,” she said.
Maryam, however, told journalists to ask questions related to Nisar’s case, adding that she will speak about this issue later.
It is pertinent to mention here that in the audio that went viral on social media, Maryam was heard telling someone that “no ad at all will be given to Channel 24, Samaa, 92 News and ARY.”