Memogate row: Mansoor Ijaz due on Monday

Published: January 15, 2012

Military authorities will be looking after Ijaz’s security. PHOTO: EXPRESS/FILE

ISLAMABAD: 

American businessman of Pakistani descent Manssor Ijaz, the whistleblower of the Memogate scandal, is likely to arrive in Pakistan on Monday.

“Arrangements have been finalized for his chartered flight (at Chaklala airbase),” an official source told The Express Tribune. The source added that the military authorities would be looking after Ijaz’s security arrangements.

A three-member judicial commission, headed by the Balochistan High Court chief justice, is due to resume hearing of the memo case on Monday.

“Ijaz is an American national but mostly he lives in Morocco. Right now, he is somewhere in Europe,” the source claimed.

Since Islamabad’s joining the US-led war on terror, Pakistani authorities have been issuing visas to US nationals, mainly American servicemen, at the port of entry under a secret arrangement, sources said.

Ijaz might also be offered the same facility if he hasn’t applied for a Pakistani visa thus far, another official said. “In special circumstances, US businessmen can avail this facility,” he added.

“Ijaz has asked his counsel not to disclose his travel plans. And the arrangements are being kept secret,” the official said.

The official said that some of Ijaz’s close associates will be accompanying him and they will be flown in a helicopter to the commission hearing from Chaklala airbase.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 15th, 2012.

Reader Comments (31)

  • Hafiz Shah Ali
    Jan 15, 2012 - 10:32AM

    Let the truth come out and those responsible for the treasonous message of the memo and instigating the memo face the full rigour of the law.

    Mr Mansoor Ejaz: you have made the nation proud by your courage.

    Let the truth come out.

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  • Syed Farrukh Hussain Shah
    Jan 15, 2012 - 10:36AM

    Gud News…..all these corrupts politicians and conspirators against pakistan should be exposed…Recommend

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Jan 15, 2012 - 10:47AM

    Let him come and face the court and he will speak the truth in Pakistan.

    People of Pakistan would like to see as who is Mansoor Ejaz, who wants to become more loyal than the king.

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  • Ahmer Ali
    Jan 15, 2012 - 11:20AM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.If the present PPP government is innocent in memogate scandal and is sincere and honest to resolve this core and burning issue then it has to provide complete,tight and fool-proof security to Mansoor Ijaz so that Mansoor Ijaz could appear in the Supreme Court under tight security blanket and the present PPP government could easily prove its innocence and clear itself from all allegations and accusations related to memogate scandal.

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  • shoaib
    Jan 15, 2012 - 11:22AM

    Whether Mansoor Ijaz fabricated the story or not, the people of Pakistan deserve to know what the truth is, but him coming to Pakistan is a testament of him being honest.Recommend

  • Jan 15, 2012 - 11:28AM

    Pandora’s Box will open, hopefully. This is news and the going just keeps on getting great.

    Filthy people and talkers must be shown the door post-haste.

    We need local economic developers and tax payers. We need cultivators who reduce prices of wheat in bumper years, like 2010 and 2011. We need local governments who are educated and capable of enforcing the law and not look the other way.

    Salams to Pakistan

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  • Informant
    Jan 15, 2012 - 11:57AM

    mother of all ironies…he has repeatedly labeled them as terrorists, and now they are going to guard and honor him like a dignitary

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  • Thinktank
    Jan 15, 2012 - 11:58AM

    How about putting him and haqqani in same room and let them slug it out as to who wrote the memo? Still better.. Make the slugfest broadcast live on national network. It would be something to watch …uh!!

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  • Nadeem
    Jan 15, 2012 - 12:09PM

    Arrest and try him for anti-Pakistan propaganda.

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  • Mirza
    Jan 15, 2012 - 12:18PM

    @Nadeem:
    @Informant:
    The foreign double agent Mansoor has been spitting venom against Pakistan, army and ISI for several years. He has demanded the US govt to ban ISI as a terrorist organization. He has been attacking Pakistan on all kinds of media for several years, yet he would be the chief or the only witness of army and PCO SC. The question is “if he is credible then all his statements should be investigated”? This includes IS and army. Thanks for your comments, and regards,

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  • Chacha
    Jan 15, 2012 - 12:33PM

    Surpising – he is an American, like Raymond Davis. So an american is again the heart of a major controversy in Pakistan ! Raymond was not believed, why is he being believed ?

    Wonder when the words American / RAW / CIA / Mossad conspiracy will come up.

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  • Ahmed HM
    Jan 15, 2012 - 12:45PM

    Isn’t he the same middle man who used to come to Musharraf for the recognition of Israel ?

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  • Munir Saami
    Jan 15, 2012 - 12:48PM

    It must be noted that it is the military that is bringing him in under its own security and not the security of the state. It says a lot about this inquiry, the commission, and the military, as well as the weakness of the Pakistani state.

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  • Arif
    Jan 15, 2012 - 12:50PM

    Seems really absurd … flouting all rules just to accomodate one person… this seems disinformation … a person who is so hungry for fame … as per the infamous BBM transcript…he was ready to fly to UK in couple of hours…not showing upp on the 9th Jan ..even uptil now he has not applied for his visa… this shows his lack of interest in pursuing this case..he and his attorney seem to just spreading confusion…

    or their might be pressure from US lobbyists, think tanks …and claims himself as a negotiator of sorts …rather he is acting as a game spoiler … and ppl would stay away from dealing with him in future….his credilbility is at stake

    the source which has given this information needs to get his facts checked…he does not live in Morocco …rather Monaco ….

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  • Jan 15, 2012 - 12:55PM

    whole nation gone mad, nothing is gonna happen , the end result of memogate scandal will be “0″

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  • Munir Saami
    Jan 15, 2012 - 1:31PM

    We just saw the result of Saleem Shahzad commission. Nothing was found. No one was declared responsible. Only mentioned that “State” may be involved as may be others.
    It is sad to say that the courts will not assign responsibility if some how the clandestine organs of the state could be found culpable. And would assign responsibility when they want to please certain organs of the state. It is not the justice that one expected from the SC with all the audacity of hope. Alas, the concept of audacity of hope is futile and false.

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  • jai zardari
    Jan 15, 2012 - 1:34PM

    don’t you commentators see that he is talking against PPP
    this is a song much liked by CJ NS and army
    the army should have refused to do any thing with me as their support for him wil, completely discredit the memo case in the court

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  • Hoosayne Huckanee
    Jan 15, 2012 - 2:02PM

    I expect Mansoor Ijaz to shock everyone with some stellar evidence on Monday. Voice recordings.Recommend

  • MarkH
    Jan 15, 2012 - 2:11PM

    Keep him.

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  • khurshid
    Jan 15, 2012 - 2:45PM

    @Hafiz Shah Ali Mr. shah, before saluting Ihaz Manssor for his service to the nation please take a look at his article on memogate and several others. The Army may have conveniently overlooked his tirade against them but in a nutshell he calls them, again and again, a rogue bunch who undermine their own governments, train and harbor terrorists, routinely commit illegal acts and are a constant threat to not only to the region but to the world. He advocates the US govt taking action against them. Before being proud of him, let us also get a sense of what he is really saying.

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  • Khawlah
    Jan 15, 2012 - 2:57PM

    I just love this chartered plan, army security and without visa entry to Pakistan for Mansoor Ijaz who openly call himself a CIA agent. Great.

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  • Chanakya
    Jan 15, 2012 - 3:06PM

    Is he really coming ? or is he being trapped into coming ? will establishment really look after him to obtain desired statement ? If he was to be issued visa on arrival and if the establishment was to look after him, then this is definately fishy. Mr. Ijaz be weary.Recommend

  • Truth Teller
    Jan 15, 2012 - 3:08PM

    We should put him in Adiala jail!

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  • Shado
    Jan 15, 2012 - 4:17PM

    The military authorities would be looking after Ijaz’s security arrangements,the man who is known foe his hard hitting writings against our army and ISI. Any national having Pakistani origin card can enter Pakistan any time,does not require any visa,every body knows it except our MEDIA.

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  • Aftab kenneth Wilson
    Jan 15, 2012 - 5:50PM

    This man should be tried under Article 6 of our constitution. The Memo garbage should be exposed by the lawyers of Mr. Haqqani. If our own country men are involved in this fabrications then the same treatment of Article 6 should be diagnosed on them irrespective of their positions.

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  • butt jee
    Jan 15, 2012 - 10:33PM

    @Informant:
    No doubt he is the enemy of Pakistan and its institutions but if he is prepared to tell us who all from our own ranks have been working with him against our country then we should welcome his offer. Mansoor Ijaz is am American and his views about our country and institutions are similar to those of other Americans. For Pakistan it is important to identify and kill those snakes who are living up our sleeves.

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  • butt jee
    Jan 15, 2012 - 10:44PM

    @Mohammad Ali Siddiqui:
    He is loyal to himself alone and not to any one else in Pakistan. He will be in Pakistan just to prove his truthfulness for his own international standing. But for the people of Pakistan it will be good to see those real and ugly faces who have indulged in this treasonous activity against the country.

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  • intizar zaidi
    Jan 15, 2012 - 11:38PM

    Mansoor Ijaz shouls be asked under Oath that if he stands behind what ever he has written about the Pakistan Armed forces and ISI in the past.

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  • Amjad
    Jan 16, 2012 - 3:32AM

    Chartered flight, security by army, who is paying, poor pakistanis for the ego of our generals

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  • Faredd Ahmed
    Jan 16, 2012 - 9:26AM

    @colonel
    I agree.The end result shall be big 0.Our country shall be kept entangled in such affairs for time to come.
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  • Jan 16, 2012 - 9:52AM

    well said mr.amjad – some one must reply from ‘high places ‘ in islamabad?

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