The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Thursday raided the PML-N’s party secretariat in Lahore, according to Ataullah Tarar, deputy secretary general of the party.
A four-member FIA team, including a female officer, had conducted the raid, Tarar said, adding that the officials were allowed inside after they showed warrants. He said that the party had no prior information about the raid.
Tarar revealed that the raid was conducted to confiscate material related to a press conference conducted by PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz.
In July, Maryam had held a press conference where she played a secretly recorded video in which former accountability judge Arshad Malik was allegedly seen saying that he was pressured into convicting former premier Nawaz Sharif in the Al Azizia corruption reference. Malik was removed by the Islamabad High Court and was repatriated to the Lahore High Court, where an inquiry would be held into the accusations against the judge.
The FIA is yet to release a statement on the matter.
The PML-N, meanwhile, has decided to file a first information report against FIA Chief Wajid Zia, party spokesperson Marriyum Aurangzeb said. A protest rally will also be held by the party tomorrow.
Talking to the media after the raid today, Tarar said that the government had been provided with the “original video” by Nasir Butt, the man in whom Malik had allegedly confided, but no forensic examination had been carried out. “Now you can examine the material you (FIA) have confiscated today,” he said.
The PML-N office-bearer insisted that the raid was part of “revenge tactics” by the government.