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Memogate: Commission’s Report Confirms Haqqani Authored Memo

Posted by yourpakistan on June 13, 2012


A report submitted in the Supreme Court on Tuesday by the judicial commission probing into the Memogate scandal has claimed that former envoy to the United States, Husain Haqqani, had authored the confidential memo, Express News reported.

The Supreme Court also ordered the former envoy to come back to Pakistan.

The chief justice observed that when Haqqani was leaving Pakistan, he had assured the court that he will come back within a period of four days if summoned by the court.

The scandal had started when Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz claimed last year of having received a message from Haqqani to deliver a confidential memo to Admiral Mike Mullen, regarding a possible military takeover.

The commission further informed the court that the memo was not a farce, but a reality. The report further claimed that the motive of the memo was to ensure the US that the civilian government of Pakistan is its ally.

The report stated that being an ambassador, it did not “suit” Haqqani to give such assurances to a foreign country.

The court sought a reply from Haqqani regarding the commission’s report.

The hearing is underway at the Supreme Court, heard by a nine-member bench, comprising Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan, Justice Jawad S Khwaja, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, Justice Tariq Parvez, Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, Justice Amir Hani Muslim, Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry and Justice Azmat Saeed.

The hearing has been adjourned till two weeks, whereas notices were issued to all respondents in the case.

Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry is getting the short order penned down.

The Supreme Court ordered that the report be made public.

The commission handed five “sealed envelopes” to the court.

The memo had contained a request to convey a “strong, urgent and direct message to Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani” that communicates Washington’s demand for him and the former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief General (retd) Shuja Pasha to “end their brinkmanship aimed at bringing down the civilian apparatus”.

Memo proceedings one-sided: Haqqani

Reacting to the commissions report, the former ambassador tweeted on the microblogging website Twitter, saying that the commission’s proceedings were one-sided.

One-sided proceedings of Commission that refused to hear me will be challenged by my lawyers.

Rejecting the commission’s report, he said:

Commission is not a court and those claiming it has determined guilt or innocence are wrong.

Haqqani also said that the report aimed to “distract” people’s attention from other issues.

Memo Commission report is bring used to distract attention from other embarrassing issues. Its claims are political, not legal.

He further said that no one had the right to judge his patriotism.

Those who endorsed military dictators & allowed them 2 amend constitution cannot judge my -or anyone else’s-patriotism


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