Maryam Nawaz Claims That the Head of the ISI “Orchestrated” Her Conviction in a Corruption Case

PML(N) vice president Maryam Nawaz accused ISI chief Faiz Hameed of engineering her conviction in a corruption case, causing great humiliation for the Pakistani military. Nawaz Sharif, a three-time Pakistani prime minister, and his daughter Maryam Nawaz, who led the movement for “civilian supremacy,” were found guilty in the Avenfield reference case on July 6, 2018, and were given sentences of 10 years and 7 years in jail, respectively. Her opportunity to enter Parliament was denied even though the Islamabad High Court postponed their sentence and granted them bail in September 2018.

Corruption Case against Maryam Nawaz

According to reports, Faiz Hameed met with him twice, foretold the verdict against the father-daughter duo, and made an effort to persuade him to comply with the military’s request. Additionally, it is said that the head of the ISI told Siddiqui that Pakistani Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa was directly implicated in this plot and that he was removed from the division bench that was supposed to hear the PML(N) leaders’ appeal out of concern that he would decide in their favour. After finding him guilty of “misconduct” in October 2018, Pakistan’s Supreme Judicial Council dismissed him from his position as a judge.

She filed a new motion to have the judgement in the Avenfield reference case overturned even while her appeal against her conviction is still pending before the Islamabad High Court. She criticised the Pakistani military’s intervention in politics, which is evident from the fact that since 1947, no prime minister has served out the full five years of his or her term. She also argued that the case reeked of “political engineering.” She cited Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui’s affidavit, in which he claimed that the military establishment attempted to sway the jury’s decision against her and the previous PM, to support her argument.

Maryam Nawaz cited the alleged video of Arshad Malik, the judge who rendered the corruption case decision, in her appeal. In this video, Malik acknowledged that he was under “immense pressure” to find the defendants guilty in the Avenfield reference case. She emphasised that the judgement was an obvious parody of justice and that the accused should be given the benefit of the doubt.

The military establishment, according to Pakistan’s opposition parties, including PML(N), manipulated the 2018 General Election before and on the day of the count. For instance, reports that polling agents from other parties were expelled during the counting process raise questions about Imran Khan’s legitimacy as Prime Minister. Maryam Nawaz has recently taken the lead in fighting the Pakistani military’s ability to sway political outcomes.

She spoke to the media on September 8 and condemned Pakistan’s evil role in Afghanistan “Pakistan must respect the wishes of its brethren and sisters in Afghanistan. Pakistan shouldn’t push its decision on Afghanistan because it is a sovereign nation. We must refrain from meddling in their private affairs. Instead, we must join the international community in supporting the rehabilitation of the Afghan civilians who have suffered as a result of a protracted war and aid in the country’s reconstruction. “