US businessman of Pakistani origin Mansoor Ijaz on Sunday said that Director-General Inter- Services Intelligence (ISI) Shuja Pasha had forensically tested the evidence connected to the controversial memo and deemed it legitimate on his London visit.
Speaking exclusively in Express News’ show Baat-say-Baat, Ijaz claimed to have met General Pasha in London and provided him evidence regarding the secret memo allegedly dictated by Hussain Haqqani.
He said it was irrefutable evidence since he gave Pasha telephone records and Haqqani’s BlackBerry pin code.
Ijaz also ruled out reports that there was some understanding between President Asif Ali Zardari and Ambassador Haqqani regarding the memo, saying the president had no knowledge of any such document.
He claimed that Zardari might have spoken to Haqqani after the May 2 raid about the pressure on him, hence asking the latter to help him out.
Ijaz hit out at the ambassador on challenging the authenticity of the memo and ruled out any missing links in the authenticity chain. He said that he was an “ultra wealthy” individual who handles his own investments and would sue anyone for slandering against him using the best of lawyers from London, New York and Switzerland.
Earlier, Ijaz had claimed in an article published in the Financial Times that on President Zardari’s instructions and with the help of a top diplomat, he had drafted and delivered a memo to Admiral Mullen calling for his help in supporting President Zardari in case of a military coup.
The full interview will air on both Express News and Express 24/7 at 7pm on Monday.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 21st, 2011.