Memogate: 'Mansoor Ijaz's statement be recorded in another country'

Published: January 28, 2012

Ijaz, one of the central characters in the Memogate scandal, has been summoned by the parliamentary and judicial commissions investigating the case. PHOTO: EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: Mansoor Ijaz’s lawyer, Akram Sheikh has filed a request to the Supreme Court of Pakistan asking that his client’s statement be recorded in another country, Express News reported on Saturday.

Ijaz, one of the central characters in the Memogate scandal, has been summoned by the parliamentary and judicial commissions investigating the case, and has twice refused to come to Pakistan despite assurances of proper security.

In the request, Sheikh says that Ijaz has a security threat if he comes to Pakistan and there is also the danger that he might be arrested on false charges or evidence might be taken away from him.

The judicial commission probing the scandal has also submitted a request to the court and has asked that it be given an extension to finish the investigation.

The commission has given Ijaz one last chance to present his version of events in person and in Pakistan, inviting him to appear on February 9. It categorically refused Ijaz’s application that he record his testimony at a location of his choice.

Reader Comments (26)

  • sam
    Jan 28, 2012 - 3:33PM

    Mansoor is playing all mind games. case should be thrown out and nation should move on.

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  • Jojo
    Jan 28, 2012 - 3:35PM

    Great! so now all three judges, the registrar, assistants, the lawyers of all concerned parties will have to go to Switzerland on national exchequer?

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  • Jan 28, 2012 - 3:35PM

    Not possible even if Mansoor Ijaz is ready to bear the all expenses.

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  • Ali. Mir
    Jan 28, 2012 - 3:58PM

    Yes It should be recorded in another country.He is giving evidence, he has turned in his Blackberry record.Whereas Mr Haqqani is hiding in PM house and not providing his Blackberry data or record..
    Pakistan comes first

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  • vaqar
    Jan 28, 2012 - 4:13PM

    @colonel.

    Kindly explain why thks is not possible. Ylu aren’t a conel, are you?

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  • Aliya
    Jan 28, 2012 - 4:22PM

    Wow the amount of time the judiciary wasted on this is ridiculous. An action is needed against SC for spending time on this false case rather than the millions of other cases pending. Judiciary and Establishment once again lost against democracy. The People’s Power!

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  • Nasir Hussain
    Jan 28, 2012 - 4:23PM

    memo is no matter everyone know that the rulers and military chief come with consent of America hence they are agent of USA. then what is wrong if govt asked UsA about military coupRecommend

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Jan 28, 2012 - 4:40PM

    Masoor Ejaz’s lawyer Akram Sheikh is bent upon degarding Pakistan and the whole nation by all means.

    It is typical Pakistani mentality which Akram Sheikh is exhibiting.

    There is no need for the memo scandal commission to go abroad to record Mansoor Ejaz’s statement, as if he would have been right in his statement, he would have come to Pakistan.

    The merit of the case cannot be judged by recording statement of the witness abroad who has created choas for Pakistan time and again.

    What one can expect from Mansoor Ejaz. Is he going to talk sence in a foreign country?

    Being a Muslim, Mansoor Ejaz must know that whenever Al-Mighty Allah would like to call him back, any place or the country will not matter.

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  • Jan 28, 2012 - 5:09PM

    @vaqar:
    He has been assured complete security here several times and if he was true he would have come to Pakistan by now, there’s no need to send commission abroad on taxpayer’s money, moreover he is a person who can’t be trusted and has a very dubious character his demands are just making fun of the whole country.

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  • omar yousaf
    Jan 28, 2012 - 5:09PM

    stop living in the dumb ages…use skype or video conferencing…. how hard is that?

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  • Hedgefunder
    Jan 28, 2012 - 5:22PM

    This is something, that has been suggested by many for such long time ! What’s taking so long to get this done?
    Perhaps the powers that may be do not really want even this to happen ! Such is the state of everything in Pakistan today !Recommend

  • Chanakya
    Jan 28, 2012 - 6:25PM

    Believe it or not but it is becoming crystal clear that an understanding has been reached between the trioka of Establishment,Executive and Judiciary that this memogate should be pushed under the carpet.Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Jan 28, 2012 - 6:35PM

    @Chanakya:
    Pakistanis are masters of making Noises, not of taking actions or facing facts !!!
    This possibly is most Hypocritical Society on the Planet.

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  • Mirza
    Jan 28, 2012 - 6:41PM

    This is called “muddayi sust aur gwah chust”. The foreign double agent’s lawyer is keener than the main character Mansoor. Why these lawyers do not show this much interest in poor people’s cases? What about rushing Qadri to his punishment? What about giving justice to M. Mai and Baloch or Abbottabad Commission? What a shameful example we are trying to set by brining the court to a foreign double agent, as if there is no other function of PCO SC and its judges.

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  • aaqi
    Jan 28, 2012 - 7:43PM

    in this age of modern technology when you can hear a case from thousands of kms away over a webcam, the court can question him face to face over the live cam online, instead of this whole drama if he should come or not. Recommend

  • Jan 28, 2012 - 8:20PM

    The best place for both the judicial commission and witnesses (both don’t have any other work) is Mount Everest. Pakistanis who are interested to see the proceedings can also be allowed but at their own cost.

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  • Jan 28, 2012 - 9:13PM

    enough is enough, our media should stop tellicasting all these rubbish. Why this people removing the attention of nation from all the acute problems….

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  • Harry Stone
    Jan 28, 2012 - 9:28PM

    @Colonel:

    Why should he pay for anything. That is the typical attitude of PAK – they want something but they want it for free.

    As for providing security you have to be joking. PAK cannot provide security for anyone. Review you history and you know that is true.

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  • Nayyar Shafi
    Jan 28, 2012 - 11:22PM

    Actually I don’t see any harm in it, if the Courts get revolutionized, testifying via internet. It will be quite easy & cost effective. Other option is sending a panel of judges abroad. If politicians can spend millions on a Hajj & Umra Trips on People’s Tax Money, then Why can’t the Judges visit abroad to record a testimony?

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  • Jan 29, 2012 - 12:09AM

    Pakistan is not good enough for Mansoor Ijaz.

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  • Nand
    Jan 29, 2012 - 2:42AM

    Pakistan is such a gullible country that a single person can bring mayhem on it. Wonderful.

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  • Nand
    Jan 29, 2012 - 2:48AM

    @Nayyar Shafi: Could also recommend the same for the Mumbai 26/11 case.

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  • Hasan
    Jan 29, 2012 - 9:22AM

    @Colonel:
    The commission has specifically been mandated by the Supreme Court to collect evidence both within and outside the country in accordance with our laws. That not only gives the commission the option but, more or less, places it under the obligation to go to the remotest corner of the world, if necessary for the completion of its task.

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  • Ahmer Ali
    Jan 29, 2012 - 10:55AM

    By doing so give much the best chance to the present government to prove that billions of Rupees shall be spent/wasted on this collection of evidence and most importantly to make corruption.

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  • Jan 29, 2012 - 8:11PM

    Even after sending a panel of judges to record his statement, if he abstain from attending, who will bear the cost of these jolly-ride judges.

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  • aid
    Jan 30, 2012 - 7:21PM

    DG ISI is not Mansoor Ejaz who has sent the memo through an intermediary to Admiral (R) Mike Mullen. DG ISI went to meet Mansoor Ejaz on his own. The evidence of DG ISI cannot be taken as the evidence of Mansoor Ejaz. The petitioner of Memo Scandal case in Pakistan is trying to divert the case just to score his numbers similar to Mansoor Ejaz’s lawyer Akram Sheikh who want the memo scandal commission to go out of the country and record the statement of Mansoor Ejaz. People of Pakistan will not accept the judgment of the Commission, if Mansoor Ejaz will not come to Pakistan and appear as a witness before the Commission and in Pakistan.Recommend

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