Memogate commission: Proceedings adjourned till Supreme Court issues order

Published: March 26, 2012

Commission adjourns proceedings till Supreme Court passes order regarding Haqqani's application.

ISLAMABAD: The judicial commission probing the Memogate scandal adjourned the proceedings till the Supreme Court passes its orders in Husain Haqqani’s application to have his statement recorded via video link.

Haqqani, former ambassador to US, was summoned today, but he challenged the summon and submitted an application in the Supreme Court to have his statement recorded abroad via video link, as was done in the case of Ijaz.

During the proceeding, Haqqani’s counsel Zahid Bukhari told the commission that his client has gone to America from London, but cannot come to Pakistan as his life is in danger.

Justice Qazi Faez Isa, heading the commission, remarked that if the former ambassador of the country is not safe then how a common man could be safe in the country.

Bukhari maintained that Haqqani is facing threats from the agencies which Mansoor Ijaz had earlier revealed of having contacts with. Justice Isa responded by saying that this way, Haqqani must not be safe in any part of the world.

During the proceeding, Bukhari gave three options to the commission for future proceedings. The options said that the commission should either exempt Haqqani from further proceedings in view of his earlier submitted statements or wait for the Supreme Court to pass its order in the application filed.

Yasin Malik records his statements

Muhammad Yasin Malik, Chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), also appeared before the commission to clear allegations made against him by Mansoor Ijaz.

Ijaz had alleged that Malik had arranged his meeting with Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) chief. In response to the allegations, Malik had requested the Supreme Court to make him a party to the case.

The commission allowed Malik to record his statements, as earlier he was ordered to only submit a written statement.

Malik told the commission that Ijaz tried to cheat him into meeting a ‘suspicious’ person in Haryana. He added that during a seminar in Haryana, Ijaz used ‘derogatory’ words towards Muslims, which irked him and he threw a shoe at him.

Later that night, Ijaz called him several times but he did not attend his calls. He picked his 11th call, in which Ijaz apologised to him and said that former prime minister Benazir Bhutto wanted to talk to him, detailed Malik.

 

Speaking to the media on Monday morning, Malik said that he has come to the commission personally and has not hired any lawyer as there is “no need to lie”.

“I don’t want a lawyer who would do his job of turning lies into truth and truth into lies. God willingly, truth will prevail,” he said.

Reader Comments (21)

  • Umer
    Mar 26, 2012 - 11:39AM

    Justice Qazi Faez Isa, heading the
    commission, remarked that if the
    former ambassador of the country is
    not safe then how a common man could
    be safe in the country.

    That’s for the Justice to ponder upon not the counsel for Haqani.

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  • Mirza
    Mar 26, 2012 - 11:46AM

    The judges and media have already determined the innocence of Mansoor Ijaz and gave him a VIP treatment which no enemy of Pakistan has gotten in the entire history. By not giving equal treatment to HH, the court has announced its decision not in so many words. When MI with all his wealth and love in the army/judiciary can be exempted then why not HH who is hated by many rightwing?
    In addition a so called Kashmiri freedom fighter Yasin has been thrown under the bus for the love of MI. So much for the freedom of Kashmir and principles!

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  • true_blue_pakistani
    Mar 26, 2012 - 11:47AM

    Don’t send Malik back to India, let him stay here please.

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  • WOW
    Mar 26, 2012 - 11:49AM

    The remark by the judge that if the ex ambassador is not safe then how will a common man be safe in pakistan reflects the intelklectual depth of our judiciary.

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  • Naveed Alam Khattak
    Mar 26, 2012 - 11:51AM

    All, starting from Zardari, Galani uptill Haqani, are Hypocrite.It is true that “Truth will Prevail” but till that time Lie would have taken everything away. We are waiting for IMRAN KHAN.

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  • positive pakistani
    Mar 26, 2012 - 1:10PM

    sick of the term “video link”….the correct should be “Video conferencing” which is used globally….

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  • Mar 26, 2012 - 1:12PM

    ET don’t give space to this memo, mehran, contempt cases, nothing good will come out of them, what a waste of tax payers money and time

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  • S Khan
    Mar 26, 2012 - 1:42PM

    The most Candid truth reveled by Mr Malik

    “I don’t want a lawyer who would do his job of turning lies into truth and truth into lies. God willingly, truth will prevail,”

    Well done

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  • Chanakya
    Mar 26, 2012 - 2:16PM

    First he excused a heart problem to travel to Islamabad,now raising the security reason.He should not have security fears because the executive protected him, is protecting him and shall protect as long as it needs to. And above all he has lost his BBs, forgotten pin codes and all invoices relating to his lost BBs have disappeared from the Pak Embassay. How convenient are all these things. Even an infant can say that he is GUILTY.

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  • Mar 26, 2012 - 2:18PM

    He has come to the commission personally and has not hired any lawyer as there is “no need to lie”

    This sums up lawyers today quite accurately.

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  • Thoughtful
    Mar 26, 2012 - 2:30PM

    So what did Yasin Malik testify?

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  • Raw justice!
    Mar 26, 2012 - 2:39PM

    @truebluepakistani:
    Absolutely agree. put this man behind bars and bar him from leaving the country! In fact, take the whole hurriet group, including gillani, mirwaiz and all their cronies!
    Judiciary are asking lawyers how can an ordinary pakistani be safe if HH is not safe???? what kind of judiciary is this?? In anycase, judiciary can interview HH in london too. Why be partial only to MI?
    trully the theatre of the absurd, when judiciary is taking serious cognisance to words spoken by foreign citizens like Malik and MI!

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  • Democrat
    Mar 26, 2012 - 3:00PM

    @Mirza…
    given your one million previous comments against the SC, its useless to argue with you..but the constitution and law of a country is only binding on its own citizen…the commission had to give relaxations to MI because he is not a Pakistani citizen and only a witness so for the cause of justice, the court had to give him relaxation..on the other hand HH is supposed to be Pakistani national and he gave a guarantee to appear to the commission on 4 days notice…now he is making excuses which is tantamount to be contempt of the commission and the SC will deal with him and his masters…

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  • dv sikka
    Mar 26, 2012 - 3:29PM

    The present day legal systems have so many frivilous provisions that justice will nover be done. They will keep on dragging their feet till eternity or till it loses its meaning completely. It has become a cheap soap opera.

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  • ishrat salim
    Mar 26, 2012 - 3:31PM

    Only justice is expected from Allah swt…who is right & who is wrong will soon be exposed by power of Allah swt….insha Allah.Recommend

  • Sure!
    Mar 26, 2012 - 3:39PM

    Clueless is the word for these judges as manifested by their own remarks and random actions. Failure to follow through is another hallmark of this judiciary. Its amazing how an “artist” like Ijaz can dazzle everybody from the DG ISI thru Nawaz Sharif to the most superior judiciary. And the common is like…….”What the…………?”

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  • Farooq
    Mar 26, 2012 - 4:13PM

    there is some thing in between. Memo is there and both are involved. About Zahid Bokhari i can say that he is US lawer,as he was also lawyer in Raman-da-Vas case.

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  • Ehsan Shah
    Mar 26, 2012 - 6:16PM

    @Democrat…you claim that only Pakistani citizens are answerable to Pakistani courts, gives foreign national in and outside Pakistan a clean chit to kill Pakistanis at will.
    Your flawed logic comes from Aabpara and its supporters, who conspired against constitutionally elected govt and are guilty under article 6,
    If your baseless logic is correct why was Raymond Davis, an American arrested…??

    The Commission violated several Fundamental Rights articles of the Constitution in it’s attitude which are given below:
    10A) For the determination of his civil rights and obligations or in any criminal charges against him a person shall be entitled to A FAIR TRIAL AND DUE PROCESS.(Stop)
    Every Pakistani knows how Hussain Haqqani was treated like a proven traitor from day one in the commission.
    13B) No person accused of an offense, be compelled to be a witness against himself.(Stop)

    The whole world knows the commission forced Hussain Haqqani to provide his cell phones and pressured him for this in violation of this article to provide proofs against himself.

    25.1) All citizens are equal before law and are entailed to equal treatment of law.(Stop)

    The logic adopted in the commission that Mansur Ijaz is American and hence a first rate human, while Hussain Haqqani being a Pakistani is a 5th rate human…. is ridiculous.
    That outrageous logic you are also using.Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Mar 26, 2012 - 7:53PM

    Hi Judges, still under the pressure of establishment. They are only brave and upright to get their PM hanged. Even ordinary citizen of our country knows that Memo is a brain child of one who is now gone with the wind. HH’s reservation/apprehensions must be addressed more than what was done for MI.

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  • Mirza
    Mar 27, 2012 - 10:44AM

    @Ehsan Shah:
    Thanks a lot for making sense and explain the facts. In every case there is prosecution, defense, witness and judge. They cannot be the same and do their respective jobs.
    In this case who is the prosecutor?
    Who is the witness?
    Who are the neutral judges?
    Who has actually committed the alleged crime?
    In the Memogate scam the judges have become prosecutor too. Their whole case is based upon the confessed actor of the crime and the star witness of the case. This witness is an open enemy of Pakistan, army, govt, and Kashmiri freedom fighters. With the help of their only witness who actually has committed all the action and has no credibility they are framing the elected govt.
    Thanks again and regards,
    Mirza

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  • Democrat
    Mar 27, 2012 - 3:00PM

    @Mirza…

    welcome to ET with a different name… just like your leader, you can only come with such “ingenious” ideas as to comment from two different names…

    come on… MI is the witness…state is the prosecutor and HH along with AZ is the perpetrator..whats so tricky in all this? it does not matter whether the witness is credible or not… what matters is he has some serious allegations against HH and instead of disproving the allegations, what HH and all the jiyalas like you are doing is to question the credibility of the judges and the witness…come on…grow up… these tactics are not going to work in any courtroom of the world… so stick to the basics and prove your innocence with solid proofs…who is going to believe HH when he says he lost his black berry and he does not remember his PIN? come on…

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