The Supreme Court’s three-judge bench led by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and comprising Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Ijazul Ahsan wrapped up the Memogate case, after none of the petitioners appeared before the court. SC also noted that if the state wants to persue then it can do so.
During the hearing Justice Khosa inquired, “Why have none of the petitioners appeared for the hearing? And if none of the petitioners have showed up then why are we here?” “This matter is ongoing for the past eight years,” Justice Khosa added. “The court had formed a commission to probe the memo and following the commission’s recommendations a first information report (FIR) has been registered against Hussain Haqqani.” “Is the state, Constitution, Pakistan Army and democracy so weak that they have been shaken by a memo?” Chief Justice Khosa asked. “If the state wants to bring back Haqqani then they should.”
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.
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18 February, 2019