The Supreme Court on Monday (Dec 31) accepted the request of amicus in the Memogate case and decided to hold in-camera proceedings of the scandal.
“Has there been any development on Husain Haqqani’s return?” asked Chief Justice Saqib Nisar during the hearing. Ahmed Bilal Sufi, an amicus in the case, responded that “developments have been made, will inform the court of the development in an in-camera hearing of the case”. Earlier the apex court in February issued warrants for the arrest of former ambassador to the United States Hussain Haqqani in the Memogate case. Additional Attorney General Waqar Rana had submitted a report suggesting ways for bringing Haqqani back to Pakistan. He had said that American authorities also had been contacted in this regard.
In-camera is carried out in private, in the absence of the public and the press. Essentially the proceedings are conducted through video conferencing to safeguard the privacy and protection of the accused. The public and the media are excluded from such proceedings for the purposes of sensitivity.
The Memogate controversy was started when in May 2011 when Mansoor Ijaz wrote a Financial Times article in October 2011 bringing initial public attention to the affair. The memo, which at first was questioned to even exist, was published in November, leading to the resignation of Ambassador Haqqani and the continuing Pakistani Supreme Court investigation. Central actors in the plot include Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz, who alleged that long-time friend and former Pakistan Ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani asked him to deliver a confidential memo asking for US assistance. The memo is alleged to have been drafted by Haqqani at the behest of President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari.
The Supreme Court of Pakistan has opened a broader inquiry into the origins, credibility and purpose of the memo. In 2012, a judicial commission tasked with probing the matter had submitted its report to the apex court, holding Haqqani guilty of authoring the controversial memorandum and adding that the former US envoy “was not loyal to the country”.
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25 August, 2019