The Supreme Court has referred former ambassador to US Husain Haqqani’s video statement application to judicial commission probing the Memogate scandal on Tuesday.
Haqqani had filed an application in the apex court through his counsel Asma Jehangir to have his statement recorded just like Mansoor Ijaz’s was recorded in London.
Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, hearing the application, transferred the responsibility to the judicial commission to decide itself whether it wants to record Haqqani’s statements via video link or not.
Haqqani had maintained that he cannot return to the country to appear before the judicial commission probing the scandal due to security reasons.
The Supreme Court had allowed Haqqani to travel abroad on a condition that he will return to the country within four days of being summoned by the judicial commission. The court retained its earlier order.
The Supreme Court order stated, “After hearing counsels of the parties in the case, we disposed of this application that order of this court dated 30-01-2012 is intact. The commission without prejudice in case of anybody may adopt a procedure for recording of statement in the interest of justice as desired by it.”
Correction: Express News had earlier reported that the Supreme Court had rejected Haqqani’s application. This is incorrect. The application was referred to the judicial commission. The correction has been made.