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Pak CJ's son denies any ties with tycoon Malik Riaz, his family

June 10, 2012 - Islamabad

Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry's son, Arsalan Iftikhar, has strongly rejected his relationship, intimacy or acquaintance with property tycoon Malik Riaz, his daughter or son-in-law.

"I have never met with any one of them in relation to any business deal, or for any other purpose in Pakistan, or outside Pakistan. Therefore, baseless, frivolous and unfounded allegations have been levelled to spread in electronic and print media in absence of any cogent and logical evidence acceptable under the law of evidence. So, the said allegations are strongly denied," the Daily Times quoted from a statement by Arsalan in a suo motu case regarding a business deal with Riaz.

In the five-page reply, Arsalan said Riaz was liable to be dealt strictly in accordance with law and he should be imprisoned for dragging him to court and also maligning the judiciary.

"If he had made investments, allegedly for favouring me to achieve illegal motives, he owes an explanation to the court, and considering the golden principles of jurisprudence, the person who has committed a wrong is not legally entitled to claim benefits of the same, rather on account of admission of such wrongs. He deserves to be punished severely," he further wrote.

Arsalan also said, "Statements of anchors brought on court record are nothing but hearsay."

"No finding can be based according to the rule of evidence of the alleged material. Therefore, same may be discarded straight away being inadmissible having absolutely no value, as same is entirely based upon surmises and conjectures, above all it is the result of memories, which otherwise have no legal sanctions or sanctity attached for reading the same as evidence in the court," he added.

Arsalan said that he would furnish a comprehensive reply if any cogent legal and admissible incriminating evidence were brought before the court against him.


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