Courtesy Ansar Abbasi (Jang Newspaper)
Former Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Justice Rana M. Shamim in a sworn affidavit has declared that he has witnessed that the then Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar had ordered a High Court judge that Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz should not be released on bail prior to the 2018 general elections.
The senior judge further wrote in his affidavit quoting the most senior judge of Pakistan that “Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz Sharif should remain in jail till the general elections are held.” Upon reassurance from the other side, he (Saqib Nisar) then calmed down and asked for a second cup of tea.
According to the document, Shamim made the statement before the Oath Commissioner on November 10, 2021. The notarized affidavit bears the signature of the former Chief Justice of Gilgit-Baltistan and a copy of his identity card.
In this regard, when former Chief Justice Saqib Nisar was contacted, he categorically denied this and said that he has never given any orders to his subordinate judges regarding any court decision even if the order is for Nawaz Sharif. Shahbaz, or it is against Maryam or anyone else.
Statement said “I Dr. Rana Muhammad Shamim Former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Appeal of Gilgit-Baltistan (August 31, 2015 to August 30, 2018) swear that: 1) In July 2018, when I was serving as Chief Justice The then Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar came to Gilgit with 27 members of his family on holiday and stayed in the guest house of the court”
On the evening of this incident, me, my late wife, Justice Saqib Nisar and his wife were having tea in the garden. I saw that Chief Justice of Pakistan was upset and was constantly talking to his registrar on the phone and He was instructing that “Justice … Go to his residence and ask him to call me (Saqib Nisar) immediately.”
If the phone call does not connect then convey my (Saqib Nisar’s) message to them that Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz Sharif should not be released on bail before the general election at any cost.
Shortly afterwards, He managed to had a phone conversation with Justice ……… and told him that Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz Sharif should remain in jail till the general elections are held.
After getting reassurance from other side of phone, he got relaxed and smilingly asked for another cup of tea.
I, as a colleague & host, invited him to spend the holidays with his family in Gilgit-Baltistan and asked him that … Why and for whom this message was delivered. He replied to me, Rana sahib you will not understand, you should pretend this as if you have not heard anything.
I told him in front of my late wife and his wife that Mian Nawaz Sharif has been mistakenly trapped and it becomes clear by looking at his sentence of Maryam Nawaz Sharif’s after listening to this phone call.
At first he (Saqib Nisar) got angry but immediately changed his tone and said that Rana Sahib Punjab’s chemistry is different from Gilgit-Baltistan.
What I have stated here is voluntary and completely true. Both Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz were convicted by the accountability court in a corruption case before the July 25, 2018 general elections.
Their (Nawaz Sharif) lawyers had approached the court seeking suspension of his sentence but the case was adjourned till the last week of July after an initial hearing.