As the Supreme Court is all set to take up a case pertaining to leaked video of an accountability judge, judge Arshad Malik has requested the law ministry to provide him ‘foolproof security’.
The judge, who sentenced Nawaz Sharif in Al-Azizia case and was later removed owing to his controversial video produced by the Pakistan Muslim Leauge-Nawaz (PML-N), pleaded the law ministry not to withdraw the current security detail assigned to him.
The SC, in the meanwhile, issued directives detailing the security protocol for Tuesday’s hearing. It said that entry in the premises should be regulated through special passes issued by security.
“Only the petitioners/respondents whose cases are fixed in court will be allowed to enter in Supreme Court premises,” it stated.
The apex court, however, added that advocates and journalists who regularly come for the top court’s proceedings will be exempted from passes.
Separately, the law ministry issued a notification removing g Arshad Malik from his post.
The registrar office of Islamabad High Court received a copy of the notification, which stated that Arshad Malik can no longer work as a judge of Accountability Court-II.
Justice Amir Farooq of IHC has summoned a list of session judges from the registrar.
The IHC will shortlist three session judges to be forwarded to the law ministry in order to replace judge Malik.