I slamabad: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, Imran Khan has said that the revelations coming out in Arslan Iftikhar case clearly show a deliberate attempt to undermine the Supreme Court.
In a statement, Mr Khan said Saturday that the sequence of events clearly shows that the target of entire conspiracy was the Chief Justice (CJ) of Pakistan, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.
“Unnerved by the strong and courageous decisions of the Supreme Court, the ruling mafia decided to damage his image,” Imran Khan said.
Since the CJ himself is incorruptible and a man of high integrity, he said, those wanting to weaken him chose to target his son.
While much of the evidence is yet to come out, said Chairman PTI, it has been admitted by Mr. Riaz Malik according to newspaper reports that he paid for vacation and shopping sprees of Arsalan Iftikhar. Why did he do this? asked Mr. Khan, adding that CJ’s son was not working for Riaz Malik and had no business relations with him.
The only reason this was done was to entrap him and then blackmail or undermine the integrity of the Chief Justice, claimed Imran Khan.
If there was no ulterior motive, said Chairman PTI, then why was this incriminating evidence against CJ’s son being collected? There is little doubt said Mr. Khan that this was a well thought out conspiracy to defame the Chief Justice and the Supreme Court and Malik Riaz played a central role in it.
Mr. Arsalan Iftikhar also has much to explain, said Imran Khan, and if evidence establishes that he accepted favours by making promises of influencing his father, then he must bear the consequences.
Imran Khan said that the Chief Justice has done the right thing by deciding not to hear the case himself. The truth will surely come out, but facts reported in the media clearly show that Riaz Malik’s intent was not to buy influence but only to compromise the Chief Justice’s son and use this later to defame the judiciary, he added.
We know, said Imran Khan, who are the real instigators behind Riaz Malik’s conspiracy. He is just a pawn in the hands of the corrupt Zardari/Gilani cabal ruling the country that is threatened by an independent judiciary, he added.
Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf will stand with the independent judiciary, said Chairman Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf, and would thwart any attempt to malign the Chief Justice and the Supreme Court.
Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry took suo moto notice of reports of alleged Rs 300-400 million scam involving his son Arsalan Iftikhar and business tycoon Malik Riaz.
It was alleged that Arsalan Iftikhar received million of rupees from the Bahria Town management under different pretexts in order to influence the SC in favour of Bahria Town, whose cases were pending in apex court.