A judicial commission probing the Memogate scandal issued on Saturday notices to respondents in the case to appear before the commission on April 5.
The application is directed to former ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman Yasin Malik and Director General (USA) Foreign Office Ubaidur Rehman among others.
The commission had earlier asked the Supreme Court to extend the deadline till March 31, so Haqqani could appear before the bench.
However, the court’s deadline to decide whether Haqqani could appear before the commission via a video link passed, so it set a new date for Haqqani’s appearance.
On March 29, the apex court extended the term of the judicial commission for another six weeks. It observed that though the commission’s probe is of high importance, it should conclude soon.
Key witness Mansoor Ijaz’s counsel Akram Sheikh on Saturday asked the commission to cross examine JKLF leader Yasin Malik.
Malik, in his statements recorded on March 26, denied allegations of having met a Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) chief. He had said that Ijaz tried to cheat him into meeting a ‘suspicious’ person in Haryana.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 1st, 2012.