Memogate: Court issues permanent arrest warrants of Hussain Haqqani

02:18 PM | 5 Oct, 2018
Memogate: Court issues permanent arrest warrants of Hussain Haqqani
ISLAMABAD - A federal court has issued permanent arrest warrants of Pakistan's former ambassador to the United States Hussain Haqqani today (Friday).

During the hearing of Memogate scandal headed by special judge Irum Niazi, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) presented its report, alleging Haqqani of embezzlement of Rs2 million dollars.

The FIA official said that the former ambassador was deliberately hiding to avoid arrest.

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On Feb 15, the Supreme Court issued arrest warrants for Pakistan’s former ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani in the Memogate case.

A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar issued the warrants against the former envoy for violating the oath.

Memogate Case

The Memogate scandal surfaced in 2011 when Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz revealed that he had received a letter against  Pakistan Army from Haqqani for the then-US joint chiefs chairman Admiral Mike Mullen.

Following Ijaz’s claims, a judicial commission was set up to probe the memo, which mentioned a possible military take over in Pakistan following the killing of Osama bin Laden in a US raid in Abbottabad.

In the memo, assistance was sought from the US to save the then government of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) giving an impression that PPP government is Pro-US.

Later, the judicial commission found that the memo was written by the former ambassador and was authentic.

The matter was taken to the Supreme Court by the then opposition leaders after which Haqqani had resigned as an envoy.

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Haqqani was criticised by the Pakistani parliament for his column in The Washington Post in which he had written that he had helped US forces in action against Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden when the government and the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) had been kept in the dark about the secret operation.

On January 3, 2013, he left the country on a four-day notice with the commitment to come back, however, he did not return to the country from the United States.

Haqqani had served as ambassador in US from 2008 to 2011 and was removed for his alleged role in the Memogate controversy. He had also served as ambassador to Sri Lanka from 1992 to 1993.