Former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz has released a video at a press conference in Lahore which she claims shows a judge of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) confessing that he had convicted her father out of pressure, reports The Hindu.
The pressure is attributed to some ‘hidden hands’, which may be a reference to the Pakistani deep state run by the country’s military. Sharif is presently undergoing a sentence of seven years of imprisonment at Kot Lakhpat Jail, Lahore, after being convicted in a corruption case in 2018.
Legal proceedings against Sharif were initiated after his name cropped up in the Panama Papers release in 2017.
The man in the video states in a conversation with a supporter of the Pakistan Muslim League (PML) Nawaz, Nasir Butt, that he had convicted Sharif after being forced and blackmailed. He adds that he was not able to sleep properly because of a feeling of guilt over wrongdoing.
For its part, the government of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has termed the video doctored and has called for a forensic audit to check its authenticity.
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