Controversial former judge of Pakistan Arshad Malik died on Friday due to Corona virus infection. He was 47. Malik had convicted former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the corruption case but was removed from the post over a video that surfaced after the verdict.
Malik, a former anti-corruption court judge, was on ventilator at Shifa International Hospital in Islamabad for the last two days. His close relative Waheed Javed told reporters that Malik died on Friday and would be buried at his native place near Rawalpindi. Malik has two sons and two daughters in his family.
Malik sentenced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to seven years in prison in the Al-Azizia case in December 2018, but acquitted Sharif in another corruption case. In a video that appeared a few months after the sentencing, Judge Malik was seen interacting with a supporter of Sharif. In this, Malik reportedly confessed that he had given this decision under pressure.
Investigations were ordered against Malik and later sacked by the Lahore High Court Administrative Committee in July 2020 on charges of misconduct.