For reporting on judge allegedly pressured into disqualifying Nawaz
The Counter-Terrorism Wing of the Federal Investigation Agency has summoned SAMAA TV’s senior anchorperson Nadeem Malik and asked him to divulge his sources in the judge Arshad Malik video leak scandal case.
Nadeem Malik has, however, refused to appear, saying that there is no law in the world that can force a journalist to name their sources.
Nadeem Malik had reported on the case on his daily evening show on April 28.
On his April 28 show, Nadeem Malik said that he had a chance to meet with two members of the FIA team that was investigating the video leak scandal against late accountability court judge Arshad Malik.
“It could be perceived from what they [members of the FIA team] told me that there was a video of Judge Arshad Malik… the PMLN was banking on Judge Malik granting bail to Nawaz Sharif. He had contacts with the PML-N…so there were assurances,” the anchorperson said.
“The other party, which I would not name, as many people can understand, they got their hands on that 30-year-old video of Judge Malik. It was an objectionable video that was recorded 30 years ago when Judge Malik was posted in Multan. There were other people too and the whole video is there.”
According to the anchorperson, the late judge was called to a place at Constitution Avenue and was told that the video would be made public if a favourable verdict were not given in cases against Nawaz Sharif.
The judge gave the verdict and Nawaz Sharif was disqualified.
“The PML-N got their hands on the same video… and Judge Arshad Malik came to meet Nawaz Sharif and apologized, saying he couldn’t do anything as they had his video,” Nadeem Malik said.
“They [PML-N leaders] told him that they have the same video too, and, while Judge Malik was narrating the events, he was recorded once again, and it was the recording made by Nasir sahib who has gone to London.”
Judge Malik was then taken to Saudi Arabia where he was recorded for the second time and in this recording, there were names of the people too, according to the anchorperson.
The FIA is handling the case through its Counter-Terrorism Wing at its headquarters in Islamabad. It has told Nadeem Malik to appear on June 6, along with documents and evidence to support what he said on the show.
“Please refer to your Nadeem Malik Live Programme on SAMAA NEWS dated 28-04-2021 revealed that you have important information which can be relevant for the agency to further investigate the above mentioned and to link some relevant persons with this case,” the notice says.
The Council of Pakistan Newspapers and Editors, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and journalists across the country have condemned the notice calling it "unprecedented".
HRCP is concerned to learn that Samaa TV anchor @nadeemmalik has been summoned by the FIA under S. 160 of the Criminal Procedure Code in connection with a news program in which he recounted a source having alleged that a former judge was coerced into... 1/2— Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (@HRCP87) July 5, 2021
One of Pakistan's most respected tv anchor, Nadeem Malik has been asked to appear before FIA counter terrorism department on Tuesday in regard to one his program. Notice has been issued under section 160 Cr.Pc. Its quite unprecedented and highly condemnable act.— Mazhar Abbas (@MazharAbbasGEO) July 4, 2021
Nadeem Malik has said that he will not appear. "The notice has been issued by the terrorism wing... Do I look like a terrorist to you," he said.
The notice demanded the journalist reveal his sources. "There is no law across the globe that can force a journalist to quote their sources," the anchorperson said.
ایف آئی آئے کے انسداد دہشتگردی ونگ کا ندیم ملک کو طلبی کا نوٹس ، ایف آئی اے میں پیش نہیں ہوں گا ۔۔۔ ندیم ملک کا اعلان— Nadeem Malik (@nadeemmalik) July 5, 2021
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Judge Arshad Malik contracted coronavirus and passed away in December 2020.
He disqualified Nawaz Sharif from holding a public office in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills reference in July 2017.
On July 3, 2020, Judge Malik was dismissed from his position as an accountability court judge, after PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz claimed that he was blackmailed into convicting Nawaz without any evidence and had admitted this much.
The judge had called PML-N leader Nasir Butt to his house to clear his conscience, according to Maryam. She aired a video clip from their meeting at a fiery press conference in Lahore.
Malik had said, however, that the clip did not show the entire conversation. He said it was cut and edited and was not reflective of what he said.
He had claimed that the PML-N, more notably Nawaz’s family, tried to bribe him during the former premier’s trial, and when he didn’t cooperate, they threatened him.