Memogate: Petition demanding judicial inquiry filed in Supreme Court

Published: November 19, 2011

Petition wants American national Mansoor Ijaz, Mullen to be declared as persona non grata in Pakistan.

LAHORE: A petition was filed in the Supreme Court (SC) on Saturday requesting it to constitute a judicial commission to investigate the authenticity of the ‘secret memo’ written to Admiral Mike Mullen, asking for help against Pakistani armed forces.

The petition further demanded that American national Mansoor Ijaz, who allegedly delivered the letter and Mullen be declared persona non grata in Pakistan.

The petition was filed in the SC Lahore branch registry by Hashim Shaukat Khan, president of the Watan Party, and Barrister Zafar Ullah Khan.

The petitioners named the federation of Pakistan, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Law, Justice & Human rights, Ministry of Interior and Hussain Haqani as respondents.

The petition said that the controversy surrounding the secret memo is not in the interest of Pakistan.

The petition added that Mansoor is a “dodgy person” who is a US national and acted as an agent for Americans, and that the memo seems like an attempt to create differences between various institutions of Pakistan.

The memo tried to establish that Pakistan’s institutions are corrupt and unreliable, the petition said.

The petitioners declared that to convince the people of Pakistan, it has become necessary to investigate the issue as it targets the Pakistan army. They said that the memo is bound to lead to further tensions in the civil-military relationship in the country.

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Reader Comments (2)

  • Saad
    Nov 19, 2011 - 9:39PM

    Ofcourse! After the Supreme Court’s failure at missing persons case (still missing), Saleem Shahzad’s murder Commission headed by a SC judge and May 2nd Commission we will finally have a success story, because its the civilian government which is being implicated!

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  • nasarminallah
    Nov 19, 2011 - 10:20PM

    In an important capitol like Washington there has to be a career diplomat to serve the country as its ambassador. Unfortunately Haqqani was not a career diplomat. He was basically a US citizen and had taken oath of always remaining loyal to US and its constitution. His appointment as ambassador to Washington was not based on any criteria except that he was a loyal friend and well wisher of Mr. Zardari. Who cares for Pakistan. Recommend

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