Judiciary to investigate NAB judge video scandal: Shahzad Akbar

Judiciary to investigate NAB judge video scandal: Shahzad Akbar
Islamabad: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Accountability Shahzad Akbar on Monday said that country's top judiciary will investigate a video scandal allegedly involving the accountability court judge who sentenced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to prison in a corruption case.

Shahzad Akbar said that the opposition would object if the government initiates a probe over the controversial video, therefore the judiciary should carry out an investigation itself.

The video clip, released by the opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), purportedly shows the judge allegedly admitting to a lack of evidence against the former prime minister, who was sentenced to seven years in prison by the same judge in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills reference in December.

PML-N VP Maryam Nawaz alleged on Saturday that the video showed the judge saying he was "blackmailed" and coerced into sending her father to prison despite there being no proof of corruption against him.

But the government again raised questions of the authenticity of the controversial video clip, with SAPM Shahzad Akbar saying at the press conference on Monday that a forensic audit should be carried out of the alleged video clip.

He reiterated that the other man in the video, who Maryam described as PML-N worker Nasir Butt, was a convicted criminal who has previously served a prison sentence in Pakistan.