Ex-CJP Saqib Nisar terms leaked audio clip ‘fabricated’, says he has 'no grudge against ousted PM'

09:51 AM | 22 Nov, 2021
Ex-CJP Saqib Nisar terms leaked audio clip ‘fabricated’, says he has 'no grudge against ousted PM'

ISLAMABAD – Former Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar has denied the authenticity of an alleged audio clip attributed to him in which he can be heard directing to sentence former PM Nawaz Sharif and his daughter.

Nisar, who becomes the latest victim of the leaked clip, reacted to the story of a Pakistani journalist who claimed that the former top judge passed instructions to sentence PML-N leader and his daughter on the orders of institutions.

A journalist of a Pakistani news outlet claimed that the former CJP directed other judges to send the deposed premier and his daughter to jail as “institutions wanted to bring PTI leader Imran Khan into power”.

Meanwhile, Nisar, who was earlier accused of judicial interference by former GB judge Rana Shamim said “I have listened to this audio attributed to me, and this is fake”.

In the dubious leaked clip, Nisar can be heard saying: “Let me be a little blunt about it; unfortunately, here it is the ‘institutions’ which dictate judgments. In this case, we will have to penalise Mian Nawaz Sharif.”

“And they say we shall bring Khan Sahib regardless of the merit, we will have to do it, and even to his daughter”, it further added.

The other person, who is not identified till the filing of this report, said, “But, in my view, his daughter doesn’t merit a sentence.”

Former CJP then responded “You are absolutely correct. I did talk to my friends that something should be done about this but they opposed. There will be no independence of the judiciary, so let it be”

The story that garnered international attention also published the former Nisar’s response in which he firmly denied any kind of judicial interference.

Justice (r) Nisar was quoted saying “Why would I do that? I have no grudge against Mian Nawaz Sharif”.

Meanwhile, incumbent leaders and opposition reacted to the development. Daughter of Nawaz Sharif also took to Twitter to respond in wake of recent controversy. “Allah is the greatest”, she wrote.

PML-N leader Marriyum Aurangzeb also took to microblogging platform saying a US-based firm has certified the authenticity of the controversial leaked audio conversation.

On the other hand, SAPM Shahbaz Gill also responded as he mentioned that journalist Ahmed Noorani had earlier apologised for publishing ‘fake news’ for Nawaz Sharif.

The alleged audio call surfaced a few days after ex-judge of the Gilgit-Baltistan Rana Shamim in an affidavit accused Saqib Nisar of keeping former PM and his daughter in prison till the polls.

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Nisar also responded to the serious allegations leveled by Shamim saying ‘the accusations against him were contrary to fact’.