Will Maryam Nawaz be in the dock?

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By Rana Abdul Baqi 

On July 06, 2019, Maryam Nawaz Safdar, with a huge poster on the screen for the release of so called “Innocent prisoner Nawaz Sharif”, addressed a Press Conference at Lahore. Leavening all canons of legal bindings aside, she accused the government on various counts in the backdrop of so called confession of the Accountability Judge Arshad Malik, playing a tailored video on the screen; which purported to be of the said Judge, in which it was alleged that the Judge was forced to do injustice against an innocent person.

As a matter of fact, the said Judge had earlier sentenced Nawaz Sharif in one case and acquitted in other. For the love of his father, Maryam left the path of sanity, hence looked ill advised and off the track in the Press Conference, while President PLMN Shahbaz Sharif and the former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi sitting around her kept their dubious silence. Maryum’s behaviour in the Press Conference resembled that of a Spanish hero of satirical chivalric romance known as Don Quixote, an impractical idealist attacking the windmill on the back of a donkey with a spear in hand; resultantly had the swing until the windmill throw him on the ground. 
The next day (07 July 2019) Judge Arshad Malik termed the said video as bogus and demanded of the Government/Judiciary, for taking legal action against those behind the perjury. Contrary to Maryum’s claim, the Judge claimed that during the hearing of Nawaz Sharif case, representatives of Nawaz Sharif met him and tried to bribe him many times.

Nasir Butt from London, who was shown as part of the video coverage is a known contact of Mian Nawaz Sharif and his sons based in London. The Judge mentioned that Nawaz men also threatened him for dire consequences if not cooperated with them. Therefore, due inquiry to find out Maryam’s facilitators in tailoring the video, is necessary.

In view of the clarification issued by the Judge Arshad Malik, there is a dire need for a thorough probe into the matter with deep insight. The subject matter is not merely a political issue, it seems to be a well calculated conspiracy of foreign agents to create internal strife in Pakistan, as Maryum immediately started a public disinformation movement after the press conference with her journalist friends as they have tried to make a mountain out of a molehill. The fact may not be ignored that clandestine audio and video coverage of any event at the residence/office of the Accountability Judge is not possible until facilitated by anti-state agencies or their agents. 
In fact, Maryam Nawaz has inter-alia, raised the issue of Nawaz Sharif & Narendra Modi’s friendship in her press conference accusing the hidden forces; for declaring Mian Nawaz Sharif, a friend of Indian Prime Minister Modi; subsequently dubbing him as traitor using religious sentiments against Nawaz Sharif.

She mostly referred hidden hand to accuse Judiciary / Establishment. However, Mian Nawaz Sharif’s friendship and secret meeting with Narendra Modi in Nepal organized by Indian Steel Tycoon Sajjan Jindal (a close friend of Modi working for Indian Agency RAW) was duly exposed by an Indian writer and tv Anchor Barkha Dutt in her book. Sajjan Jindal also own a house in London and remains in contact with the sons of Mian Nawaz Sharif.
Surprisingly, Maryam described the so called bogus video as a miracle of Allah Almighty who has listen to her prayers and divine help came in the form of the Judge Arshad Malik’s confession. Whereas, the Judge has denied Maryum’s claim. He has mentioned in his written statement, “I clarify that there was no pressure on him of any kind and he decided the subject cases duly knowing that God is omni present; on the basis of law and the evidence on record. He did mention that he had known Nasir Butt since long and has met him many times.

As a matter of fact Nasir Butt is a known contact of Mian Nawaz Sharif and his sons in London, and does not enjoy good reputation in Pakistan as well as London. Therefore, to find out the facilitators of Maryum Nawaz for carrying out a so called secret operation at the residence of Judge Arshad Malik for making subject controversial Video & Audio coverage possible; with out the knowledge of the Judge is of prime importance.

Mian Nawaz Sharif has been doing such operation against members of Judiciary as well as Establishment, and the governments of Benazir Government in the past. Maryam Nawaz’s clandestine Information Network at PM House during the tenure of Mian Nawaz Sharif as Prime Minister is also on record to have exposed the details of the sensitive security meeting at PM House reportedly on the behest of foreign agents. Meanwhile, the present case is not merely a political issue, rather it has a bearing on the national security, thus require appropriate action under officials Secrets Act and related PPC sections of political conspiracy against the government, hence Maryam Nawaz may be brought in the dock to clarify her position.