The directives were issued by IHC Acting Chief Justice Aamer Farooq in a letter to the registrar's office in which asked the latter to inform that Law Ministry that the judge has been relieved of his post and repatriated to his parent department, the Lahore High Court (LHC).
In a video released last week by Sharif's daughter Maryam, Justice Malik was purportedly seen confessing in a chat with a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader that he was under vast pressure from certain elements to convict the three-time premier in the graft case.
In her press conference, Nawaz claimed the judge had told Nasir Butt, a PML-N party worker, that he was being blackmailed by unspecified people who had videos of him engaging in acts of a personal nature.
"Judge Arshad Malik was asked to stop working on the basis of the alleged video and the press release", Naseem told a news conference on Friday.More news: 'Shaken To My Core': Testimony Describes Conditions For Detained Migrants
Barrister Raheel Kamran Sheikh said the petition was fixed very timely as it was undisputedly of public importance that has been affecting administration of justice and put on trial credibility of the judicial system in Pakistan and undermining the rule of law.
He requested the top court to initiate contempt of court proceedings against PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz and others for allegedly maligning the judiciary. After their failed attempts, they showed him the immoral Multan video telling him that "it is you doing this when you were serving in Multan", he said.
A two-judge bench comprising Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kiyani will hear the former premier's plea.
He also said that later Nasir Butt approached him and said that Nawaz's lawyers had drafted an appeal and wanted him to have a look at it. I should have not acquitted Nawaz Sharif in one case and sentenced him in another case if I was under pressure, he asserted.More news: Users unable to logon — Twitter down
After the court order, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader Maryam Nawaz called for the Al Azizia Steel Mills corruption reference against her father Nawaz Sharif to be declared void.
Taking to Twitter, Pakistani journalist and Hum News anchor Nadeem Malik said, "Just came to know Maryam Nawaz Sharif's interview has been stopped forcefully just [a] few minutes after it started live". The petitioner added that although the judge of the accountability court categorically denied allegations against him through a press release, the state institutions have taken no step to unearth the truth.
In a series of tweets, the PML-N VP said that "the matter was not about the removal of a judge instead it was about suspending the verdict that the judge [Malik] had issued".More news: Tropical Storm Barry Creeps Closer As Gulf Coast Prepares To Be Drenched