Islamabad (Web Desk): Former Accountability Court Judge Arshad Malik passed away due to COVID-19 at a private hospital in Islamabad on Friday.
According to sources, the former judge was receiving treatment for the past three weeks and had to be placed on a ventilator a few days ago.
In December 2018, Arshad Malik convicted former premier Nawaz Sharif in the Al Azizia and Hill Metal Establishment corruption reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) following Supreme Court's panamagate verdict. He acquitted Nawaz in the Flagship reference.
In July 2019, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice-president Maryam Nawaz released video and audio clips purportedly showing Malik confessing that he that he convicted Nawaz under pressure and blackmailing.
In August 2019, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) suspended and repatriated Malik to the Lahore High Court, his parent department, and ordered further proceedings.
LHC administration committee approved removal of Arshad Malik from his service in July 2020 after he was found guilty of professional misconduct.