Renowned business tycoon Malik Riaz on Tuesday said that Arsalan Iftikhar, the son of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, was a don and was managing things according to his will.

 

Speaking to the media after appearing before the Suddle commission tasked to probe the Arsalan-Riaz saga, he said, “Arsalan will get the same justice that common people receive. Don’t make him a VIP, he’s a don.”

 

He reaffirmed that he does not have faith in the one-man commission, as Shoaib Suddle had family relations with Arsalan. “I want to request the Supreme Court to treat everyone equally,” he said.

 

While referring to other cases in which the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and National Accountability Bureau (NAB) were tasked to probe, he said his case was handed to the “5-star” Suddle commission.

 

“There’s a deal going on as well for the extension in Suddle’s job so no one can challenge his decisions,” he added.

 

Riaz’s counsel Zahid Bukhari told the media that he has submitted a written complain to the commission regarding its eligibility. “We have maintained that the constitution of the commission was unlawful and we have challenged it too in the Supreme Court in form of a review, but the review is still pending.”

 

He said that all notices sent by the commission to his client were ignored as they do not believe that the commission can investigate independently.

 

“On October 5, the life of the commission ended and it died. The Supreme Court revived it on November 6, so all investigations that the commission carried out within this time period is unlawful,” Bukhari maintained calling any commission a “temporary institution”.

 

It may be remembered that the Supreme Court of Pakistan, reviewing its earlier order, had shifted the investigation of Dr Arsalan Case from NAB to one-man commission.

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