ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s law minister says authorities have “temporarily barred a judge from working” after an opposition leader accused him of convicting her father, ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif, because of outside pressure.
Farogh Naseem made the announcement Friday, days after Maryam Nawaz claimed the judge — in a secretly videotaped conversation — admitted he convicted Sharif of corruption after being coerced. She said the judge, Arshad Malik, also admitted there was no evidence against Sharif.
The judge denies the charge.
At a recent press conference, Nawaz played a video allegedly showing a loyalist of the former PM conspiring with the judge to convict both Sharif and his daughter.
Sharif is currently serving a prison term for corruption. Nawaz was also convicted but was later released on bail after her sentence was suspended.