Saqib Nisar again involved
in another saga against
Nawaz, Maryam but denies

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is reportedly facing scandalous incidents and within just one week another Pandora Box has surfaced and again it is related with former Chief Justice of Supreme Court of the country. But as usual Justice (retired) Saqib Nisar, on Sunday has denied the authenticity of the audio clip attributed to him. 

Recently, an audio clip allegedly featuring Nisar was leaked in which a man could be heard saying that in order to make space for Imran Khan in politics, Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz would have to be punished.

In the audio clip, the man could also be heard saying that “even though there are no cases against Maryam Nawaz, she would still have to be punished.”

Speaking to Geo News and other media outlets on Sunday, Nisar refused to accept that it was his voice, saying that the “audio clip is being falsely associated with him.”

When asked if he would take legal action against the audio clip being associated with him, Nisar said he is thinking about “which legal option to go with.”

Former Chief Justice, Pakistan Supreme Court Saqib Nisar

When the video was initially leaked, Nisar had said that the report was “contrary to facts” and had categorically denied that he had ever directed any of his subordinate judges in connection with any judicial order whether it pertained to Nawaz Sharif, Shehbaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, or anyone else.

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“Nawaz Sharif, Maryam have to be punished

to make space for Imran Khan in politics”…

voice attributed to former CJP in audio clip

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It should be noted that on November 15, ex-chief justice of the Gilgit-Baltistan apex court had levelled serious allegations against Nisar, stating in a notarised affidavit that he had been witness to the then CJP Nisar’s direction to a high court judge not to release Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz on bail at any cost before the 2018 general elections.

“Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz Sharif must remain in jail until the general elections are over. On assurances from the other side, he (Saqib Nisar) became calm and happily demanded another cup of tea,” this is what is said in the affidavit of the former top judge of GB talking about the then top judge of Pakistan.

Maryam Nawaz, Saqib Nisar and Nawaz Sharif

According to the document, Shamim’s statement was given under oath before the Oath Commissioner on November 10, 2021. The affidavit, duly notarized, contains the signature of the ex-CJ of Gilgit Baltistan as well as an image of his NIC card. The notary public stamped the affidavit and recorded that it was “sworn under oath Before me” on Nov 10, 2021.

Both Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz were convicted by an accountability court in a graft case before the July 25, 2018, general elections. Their lawyers had moved the court for suspension of the conviction but the case after initial hearings was postponed till last week of July.

In a significant picture taken on September 11, 2018, Pakistan Army came forward for the second time and contributed over a billion (Rs1006 million) as donation to the Supreme Court fund for Diamer-Basha and Mohmand dams. Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa presented the cheque in a meeting with Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar. The meeting was held at Supreme Court Building on Monday. With the cheque, COAS Bajwa also presented a letter on behalf of Pakistan Army. “It gives me (COAS) immense pleasure to share with you (chief justice) that the Supreme Court’s decision regarding construction of Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand Dams has been well received by Pak Army,” the letter stated. According to General Bajwa, all ranks of Pak Army have contributed to the fund. Pakistan Army Officers including civilian officers paid out of defence estimate (two days pay) while junior commissioned officers/ soldiers and civilians paid out of defence estimate (one day pay).

Rana Shamim had initially confirmed the content of the affidavit read to him on a WhatsApp call by this correspondent. Then he said that he could not hear this scribe clearly. He was called back immediately but his WhatsApp was found turned off. He also did not pick up regular calls, repeatedly made to him. Later, his mobile phone was also found turned off. After a break of a few hours, the former top judge of GB sent a mobile message to this correspondent from another number confirming the content of the statement.

Former CJP Saqib Nisar says leaked audio ‘fabricated’

Former chief justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Monday issued a rebuttal — his second in as many weeks — saying that the voice in a leaked audio clip, purportedly of a conversation between him and an unidentified man regarding PML-N leaders Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz’s trial, was not his. Speaking to Dawn.com, Nisar termed the audio clip “fabricated”, adding: “I have never spoken to the person in the audio call.”

In the audio clip, which has not been independently verified by Dawn.com, a voice, allegedly of the former chief justice, can be heard saying: “Let me be a little blunt about it. Unfortunately, here it is the institutions that dictate judgements. In this case, we will have to punish Mian sahab (Nawaz Sharif). [I] have been told ‘we have to bring Khan sahab (Imran Khan) [into power].'”

He allegedly goes on to add, “Punishment will have to be given.” When the man on the other end of the line says that Nawaz’s daughter Maryam Nawaz “doesn’t merit a sentence”, Nisar purportedly tells him: “You are absolutely correct. “I talked to my friends that something should be done about this but they did not agree. The independence of the judiciary will not remain. So, let it be.”

Forensic analysis

According to the Fact Focus website which broke the story, the audio clip was examined by a leading firm in the United States which specialises in multimedia forensics.

“Garret Discovery has a team of leading experts who have a long experience of analysing and presenting evidence and testifying before courts in the US. The firm’s analysis report certifies the integrity of the audio file and states that ‘this audio has not been edited in any way,'” according to the Fact Focus report.

The Fact Focus report quotes Nisar as saying that he had never contacted any judge of an accountability court to order them to announce a verdict against Nawaz or Maryam.

“Why I would do that?” Nisar asked, according to the report. “I have no grudges against Mian Nawaz Sharif.”

The former chief justice said that no one from the Pakistan Army or the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) had ever contacted him or pressured him regarding the case, the report stated.