Video link facility should be provided to Haqqani: Gilani

Published: April 6, 2012

Prime minister says Haqqani should be allowed to record statements in Memogate scandal via video link. PHOTO: PID/FILE

HYDERABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Friday called for the judicial commission probing the memogate to extend the same facility of video link to former Pakistan ambassador to US, Husain Haqqani as had been provided to Mansoor Ijaz, Express News reported on Friday.

Haqqani had left the country after the judicial commission probing the Memogate scandal permitted him to travel abroad on the condition that he would return to appear before the commission in person on a four day notice. However, Haqqani, citing threats to his life, petitioned that he be allowed to present his testimony via a video link. A Supreme Court panel comprising the Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry took up the petition.

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Gilani, speaking to the media in Hyderabad, also commented on a US bounty placed on Jamaatud Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed and said that Pakistan maintained bilateral relations with both India and the US which it does not want to hurt. “If they have proof [of Saeed’s involvement in the 2008 Mumbai attack], then they should provide it to us.”

He also said that it was Pakistan’s internal matter and the “Foreign Office has also given a policy statement on it”.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Parvez
    Apr 6, 2012 - 10:39PM

    Why ??? Setting bad precedences seem to be a strong point of this government.

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  • Mirza
    Apr 6, 2012 - 10:46PM

    Very true and fair demand. However, the rightwing alliance would not show any justice, impartiality or fairness. Sad to see the unelected PCO based judges with self extensions do not show any respect to the people’s mandate and legislature the whole world is watching and making fun of our “independent” judiciary. Here is an example of how an elected president talks to the unelected SC judges in the oldest democracy of the world. There is no concept of suo motu or hiding behind contempt.

    President Obama declared Monday that he was confident the Supreme Court would uphold his health care law, saying it would be an “unprecedented, extraordinary” step to overturn legislation passed by the “strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”
    “For years what we’ve heard is the biggest problem on the bench was judicial activism or the lack of judicial restraint, that an unelected group of people would somehow overturn a duly constituted and passed law,” Mr. Obama said
    “Well, there’s a good example,” he continued, “and I’m pretty confident that this court will recognize that, and not take that step.”

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  • Zaikam
    Apr 6, 2012 - 10:53PM

    Speechless!

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  • White Russian
    Apr 6, 2012 - 11:13PM

    Fair demand.

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  • mindless
    Apr 6, 2012 - 11:30PM

    pro PPP quoting in favour, but question is SC trusted him that he will be in place with in 4 days notice, Doesnt he want to honor his word pledge to SC.

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  • Saeed Dar
    Apr 7, 2012 - 12:56AM

    Why Minister Prime Yousaf Raza Gilani is not demanding that Hussian Haqqani should provide his Blackberry record and pin code to the Commission as did Mansoor Ijaz? Why Haqqani is making lame excuses and not giving his Blackberry sets to the commission? Why the prime minister is not demanding that Haqqani authorize RIM to give the commission access to his data? Will Gilani have courage to ask Haqqani, why did he leave Washington for London in early May 2011 without informing the embassy and what he was doing in London? I am sure he will not. The reason is that this prime minister symbolises corruption and he is protecting the corrupt, be it Haqqani or President Zardari. A corrupt is protecting a corrupt, otherwise they all will be exposed. What a shame.

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  • ASHOK
    Apr 7, 2012 - 1:08AM

    I would suggest that Pakistan supreme court seat should be in a third country so that it can withstand pressures and pulls not only from the establishment (army and its agencies) but also fear from Jehadi gangs.

    Imagine the SCP providing live TV/video links to all Pakistanis for conducting its affairs without fear and favor.

    Imagine if army topples the government what would the mortals in the Supreme Court under the gun put on heir head by those who own guns.

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  • Baby ka Husband
    Apr 7, 2012 - 1:31AM

    PPP leaders and their comrades are all liars and charlatans. They can never be trusted, both HH and PM have demonstrated that abundantly. However, SC Commission should not have permitted Ijaz to give evidence from London. This was precedent setting itself and the Commission had set itself up for others to misuse this. Prior to Ijaz’s testimony SC Commission should have gone after people who were indeed threatening Ijaz from coming to Pakistan. That included Min Interior, PPP members of Parliament and sundry. However a pusillanimous SC did not go after them, which would have taken the sting out of Ijaz’s argument that he felt threatened. Now the PM has stepped claiming HH life is under threat. That’s a joke only the ruling elite can come up with evidencing their own insecurities.

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  • MarkH
    Apr 7, 2012 - 2:54AM

    Regardless of opinions of guilt or innocence, a judiciary can’t have double standards and still call itself fair and impartial. If people want to complain about this, they should be complaining about allowing Ijaz to do it first. That opened the door for it even if it would normally be closed.

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  • Qaiser K. Ahmed
    Apr 7, 2012 - 5:49AM

    It does not matter what this guy says. The point is why was Haqqani allowed to leave the country, when the proceedings were in the early stages.

    I , and the nation , I am sure, would like to know the terms of taking his name off ECL.
    If the supreme court /Memogate commission does not have the clout to bring this person , as per the agreement back to Pakistan, then they should simply shut -up, and stop wasting tax payers money in flogging a dead horse. and move on.

    This guy is not coming.

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  • Attif Abbas
    Apr 7, 2012 - 7:12AM

    Monsor ijaz was threatened by PPP and he was an American.
    Hussain Haqqani is Pakistani national and he should testify here or I think we need constitution amendmend.

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  • Javed
    Apr 7, 2012 - 8:00PM

    Prime Minister is very right, it is the prime right of Hussain Haqqani to record his statement through video link. He should be equally treated and there should be no trace of impartiality at all. Judges in the commission so far has proved themselves highly biased. Furthermore Hussain Haqqani is suffering from heart disease and ready to undergo MRI and it is his constitutional right to be exempted for appearing before the court.Hussain Haqqani deserves the same privileges given to Mansoor Ijaz.

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  • Noureen
    Apr 7, 2012 - 8:02PM

    The PCO SC judges can only bend over backwards for a rich American foreign agent and not treat him Hussain Haqqani equal. If the court cannot treat them equal then there is no reason to believe that they would provide justice. Even a dumb person knows that HussainHaqqani is innocent till proven guilty. It is not his duty to prove his innocence but the prosecutor to prove his guilt. Even after it is proven that Hussain Haqqani wrote and sent (which Mansoor Ijaz admits doing) the memo even then the malice and intentions have to be proven. By demanding equal treatment from the court Hussain Haqqani and his lawyer has exposed the bias of the court which has been working not as neutral judges but prosecutors who have made the confessed writer and carrier of the memo and an open enemy of Pakistan as their darling witness. A man of Mansoor Ijaz’s character would have no credibility in any other country’s court.

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  • Lubna
    Apr 7, 2012 - 8:04PM

    Memo commission is trying to find out something out of nothing, making this country a laughing stock. Rather than trying Mansoor Ijaz we are making mockery of our own former ambassador that is hilarious. Mansoor Ijaz constantly failed to provide any solid evidence against Hussain Haqqani. On the other hand Hussain Haqqani willingly submitted his portfolio for free, fair and impartial investigation. Mansoor Ijaz lost nothing so far but Pakistan has lost much. We have lost our best mouth in Washington. For a moment we suppose that if Mansoor Ijaz proved a liar and conspirator, what will be the compensation for Hussain Haqqani. Memo commission who is extending olive branch to Mansoor Ijaz must answer this question. All this fuss is about witch hunting of PPP government andHussain Haqqan

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