Islamabad:The Islamabad High Court (IHC) is wondering if it can conduct a forensic analysis of the alleged audio tape of former Chief Justice Saqib Nisar about the Sharifs and the election.
IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah has sought the assistance of the attorney general in this matter.
The court was hearing petitions filed by Sindh High Court Bar Association President Salahuddin Ahmed and Judicial Commission (Sindh) member Syed Haider Imam Rizvi. They asked the court to form a commission to investigate the authenticity of the audio tape.
The attorney general has till January 28 to answer if the court can order a private firm to analyse the audio. The court ordered the petitioner to provide a copy to the attorney general.
In November last year, Fact Focus, an online news organisation, published an audio clip in which former CJ Saqib Nisar is allegedly talking to some other person about the trial of former Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif and her daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif.
In the audio clip, former CJP Nisar is allegedly saying, “Let me be a little blunt about it, unfortunately, we have institutions who give judgments.”
“In this case [the trial of Nawaz Sharif and her daughter] we will have to penalize Nawaz Sharif as we have been told that Imran Khan is to be brought to power.”
The person purported to be CJP Nisar adds that Maryam Nawaz Sharif must also be handed punishment irrespective of merit.
Speaking to media outlets, the former CJP called the audio clip “fabricated.” He said either the voice was not his or the clip has been produced by stitching together clips from his speeches. “I have never said that to anyone,” he says.