Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – Supreme Court will take up a high profile case pertaining to Memogate scandal against former Pakistan ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani on February 8.

A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Umar Ata Bandial and Justice Ijazul Ahsan, has issued notices to the accused Haqqani and petitioners including former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, former finance minister Ishaq Dar, Abdul Qadir Baloch, Ghaus Ali Shah and others.

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 then opposition leader Nawaz Sharif after which Haqqani had resigned as an envoy.

Husain Haqqani Booked

Recently, three citizens lodged FIRs against Pakistan’s former ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani for his anti-Pakistan and anti-army remarks in his speeches, articles and books in Kohat.

Complainants – Shamsul Haq, Mohammad Asghar, and Momin – registered the cases at two police stations of Cantonment and Bilitang in Kohat, against the ex-envoy, Haqqani, who had served as Pakistan’s ambassador to the US from Apr 2008 to Nov 2011 before being ousted in the purview of memogate scandal.

One of the complainants, Asghar in the FIR said that Haqqani was a mastermind of Memogate scandal and served the interest of the US during his tenure as ambassador as he issued visas to agents of CIA and India.

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