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IHC dismisses Nasir Butt’s plea against Pakistan High Commission in London

IHC dismisses Nasir Butt’s plea against Pakistan High Commission in London
October 30, 2019
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has dismissed the plea of Nasir Butt, the key accused in the judge video scandal, against the Pakistan High Commission in London. Chief Justice Athar Minallah announced the reserved verdict. Nasir Butt had filed the plea seeking order to get the documents testified. The court remarked that Nasir Butt had not surrendered to the court despite the court assurance. It remarked that Nasir Butt had not joined the investigations in the case against him. “Nasir Butt is not an affected person in the appeal in the Al-Azizia reference,” he said. Nasir Butt’s counsel had stated that his client did not trust the system and he would not return to Pakistan. On October 5, Nasir Butt had moved the Islamabad High Court (IHC) seeking permission to attach extra documents to the appeal of former premier Nawaz Sharif in the Al-Azizia Steel Mill reference. Naseer Bhutta, counsel for Nasir Butt, stated that his client is the president of PML-N’s UK chapter for the last 14 years. “During the appeal of Nawaz Sharif, the video scandal of Judge Arshad Malik emerged. Baseless allegations were leveled against me in the affidavit and the press release of Judge Arshad Malik. The audio and video recording denial of Judge Arshad Malik is wrong. The allegation of hurling threats to give the verdict in favour of Nawaz Sharif,” he contended. On September 17, Nasir Butt had second time visited the Pakistan High Commission in London to verify the forensic reports of judge video scandal. According to the reports, Nasir Butt was stopped at the High Commission reception on arrival. Officials at the reception said that those who arrive for the verification must need to set an appointment whereas authorities earlier handed over his arrest warrant. High Commission officials have taken a stance that the approval of the Pakistan Foreign Ministry is needed to verify the report. A day earlier, Nasir Butt, the key player in the judge video case, appeared before the Pakistan High Commission in London. He brought the forensic report of the video to the High Commission. The High Commission authorities handed him over his arrest warrants. However, he refused to talk to the media on the occasion.