Memogate: Decision pending on forensic verification of Ijaz's electronic devices

Published: May 4, 2012

Commission will decide on whether a forensic examination of Ijaz's equipment was necessary or not before submitting report to Supreme Court.

Commission will decide on whether a forensic examination of Ijaz's equipment was necessary or not before submitting report to Supreme Court. Former ambassador to US Husain Haqqani's lawyer says he has other personal commitments. PHOTO: EXPRESS/ FILE

ISLAMABAD: After the Commission completes proceedings today, it will issue a decision on whether forensic reports of electronic messages on Mansoor Ijaz’s devices was necessary or not, even as Ijaz made one last offer to the commission to have his equipment examined by a commission official in London, Experss News reported late on Friday evening.

The Judicial Commission, which had been tasked by the Supreme Court to probe the Memogate scandal, whether Pakistan’s former ambassador to the US had either directed or dictated a memo with controversial contents , saw all the counsels wrap up their arguments on Friday.

Husain Haqqani’s counsel Zahid Bukhari summed up his arguments where he told the court that Ijaz was of dubious character, who has not been able to back up his statements with proof. He added that Haqqani had not been kicked out nor forced to resign, instead he offered his resignation voluntarily.

The counsel added that according to the statement submitted by former US national security adviser General (r) James Jones, Mansoor Ijaz did not mention Haqqani even once.

Ijaz did not even appear before the parliamentary committee while Haqqani has denied having any connection with the memo, Bukhari maintained.

Bukhari added that he is appearing before the Memogate judicial commission for the last time on Friday owing to his personal commitments.

“As you wish,” replied Justice Faez Esa, the commissions head.

Justice Esa ordered his assistant to contact Ijaz’s lawyer, Akram Sheikh asking him to present Ijaz’s BlackBerry sets to the commission.

Mansoor Ijaz, through his counsel said that he was ready to present his BlackBerry handset and computer to the secretary of the commission for inspection, however, any inspection will take place in London.

Earlier, Akram Sheikh and the Deputy Attorney General had already completed their arguments.

The Commission observed that only after a decision is taken on the forensic reports will its findings be filed to the Supreme Court.

Reader Comments (16)

  • Nazar
    May 4, 2012 - 4:31PM

    Unfortunatly commission is wasting precious men’s hour just for nothing. In my opinion highest judiciary should concentrate on disposing public cases rather taking suo-moto notice or wasting time on on such type of commissions.

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  • Gilgit- Baltistan
    May 4, 2012 - 5:19PM

    @Nazar: Totally Agreed .

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  • feroze
    May 4, 2012 - 5:27PM

    No wonder we are called a failed state and a banana republic! What a waste of time and a bad joke on the people of the country who are suffering so many more serious issues then this!

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  • Asim
    May 4, 2012 - 5:32PM

    Judiciary , Parliamentarians , National Assembly , Chief Justice (Chief of Unjustice) ,Sharifs (only by name) , Zardari(s) , Bhuttos( Fake Bhuttos) , Pirs, all of them are eggs of same basket having no concern with poor and miserable labors who are working in either agricultural fields or in textile factories , Children of school going age collecting and looking for some valuables (like iron pieces ,broken plastic pieces and paper pieces to make a living for their family) and salaried persons who pay taxes to feed these above mentioned noble people.I am amazed by the stamina of poor people who are so innocent that they cannot get rid of these noble people.May Allah does a miracle and we all of sudden get releave from these noble people. Ameen

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  • Arshad
    May 4, 2012 - 5:36PM

    If a body of highest wise men (unfortunately no woman), with all their wisdom and experience, can not deliver an executable order, how can one expect any good from any one else?
    To the ordinary person, the SC has become a theaterical body. Bravo. Keep on the show.
    AJ

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  • Beatle
    May 4, 2012 - 7:19PM

    @Nazar:
    Agreed 100%. Its legal way to make some extra rupees in the shape of TA / DA.

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  • butt jee
    May 4, 2012 - 8:13PM

    Haqqani the crook has managed to hood wink the court. Haqqani knows that he had committed an act of treason so he has fled away to a country for which he was actually working. His lawyer knows the reality and he would never advise his client to come back. That is the end of the case and this is what the lawyer has tried to tell the commission. The commission is duty bound to continue its work , though futile, because they have been assigned the responsibility to establish the truth.

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  • Mirza
    May 4, 2012 - 8:14PM

    @Nazar:
    And all the others who agree with you, this is worse than a lower court not the SC and three CJ of HC. They are all collectively wasting time and money while ignoring the more than 20,000 cases from murder appeals to the constitutional petitions pending and rotting for decades.
    Thanks and regards,
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  • khalid
    May 5, 2012 - 12:21AM

    This is not that simple treason by one clown, but a group effort of these Jamhoora lot to create Iraq like situation, where Americans were invited by so called people to get them relieved from so called Tyrant Dictator Saddam Hussain and Americans are still busy doing that in Iraq. Here as well fearing Army action against their polluted deeds, swindling National wealth, selling off National Institutions, plundering banks etc, these chaps organized this scandle, which was caught by ISI at premature stage.
    Wise and very well informed Army authorities submitted their finding to the SC and got out of it. Now the way these Jaali, Jahil, Jamhooras have pitched themselves against the Courts, it might have been the old scenario, i.e. Democracy verses Army Dictators and Americans would have got a Golden Chance to attack Pakistan including Nuclear Plants etc, to help flourish “Democracy”, as in the case of Iraq. It could have been a general public disaster, with on one side Indian sponsored Pakistani Taliban, killing people and on other side open Bombardment by Americans. Interesting to hear Americans supporting Gilani and Zardari openly against Supreme Court decisions as well as in the Noora Kushti with Shareefans. Imagine how much American and Indian Hindus efforts and funds have been spent for creating these bacteria to fight against strong Pakistan and growing Chinese influence in Pakistan to get rid off this curse of “Democracy”.

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  • Imran
    May 5, 2012 - 2:33AM

    @khalid:
    Yeah yeah! your condition is called Schizophrenia in medical science.

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  • Imran Con
    May 5, 2012 - 9:34AM

    @Imran:
    are you sure you’re not thinking of mental retardation?

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  • Azeem
    May 5, 2012 - 10:07PM

    Pakistan is one of the countries where judicial system is tainted, corrupt and politicized. Here judiciary acts as a party. The political parties that enjoy cordial ties with apex court, always carry an upper hand and can pit judiciary against Government any time. In case of Hussain Haqqani it has become clear that who was the man behind entire episode? Who just guided the judiciary and took aside to secure his reputation and later to become innocent. The driving force is not memo but the personal grudges that Mian Sahib and his cronies had in their heart since years. Memo was just a trap to fix Hussain Haqqani and with the help of judges Mian Sahib finally succeeded in achieving his target. The entire story is very clear. Mansoor Ijaz a hired person who is working on pay roll of Mian Sahib and Judiciary acting on the direction of Baray Mian.

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  • Aajiz
    May 5, 2012 - 10:10PM

    In Pakistan, credibility, character and profile does not matter, what matters is your anti-Government sentiments. If you have anti state sentiments, no matter how much you are crooked you will be given respect. There is a lucid example of Mansoor Ijaz. His past, his character and his credibility have become a secondary even tertiary priority and the top priority for us is his anti-Government statements. How silly, we have set on fire our own house, just because we are told that there is snake in house, we will never inquire but at once will do. This is our national attitude. This is what happened in memo case. We are wasting our time and money. We have far more serious issues rather than probing into an unsigned piece of paper.

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  • Wajiha
    May 10, 2012 - 8:49PM

    Hussain Haqqani is not the only one who has been a target of a media trial; he just happens to be fortunate enough to have been able to point it out and get attention. Certain members of our media run malicious and unjustified campaigns and get away with it all the time. Case in point being the case of ex-chairman steel mill. False accusations lead to the sacking of the ex-chairman and even after three years no inquiry has been made regarding those accusations.

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  • Sadaf
    May 10, 2012 - 8:55PM

    Memogate has made Pakistan a laughing stock. It seems that it is the only country in the world where you can blame anyone without any evidence and knock him out. The way Mansoor Ijaz accused Hussain Haqqani would open new windows of opportunities for anyone in the world to accuse any citizen in Pakistan on a piece of paper. The unsigned, unauthentic and forged piece of paper. We all are acting as dumb spectator; no one cares about public money, time and waste of resources on such an issue that is a myth more than reality. Memo commission, comprised of such judges, who were always biased towards PPP. Hussain Haqqani is punished for his loyalties to PPP. No one is gong to calculate the loss that Pakistan faced and still facing after departure of Hussain Haqqani from Washington. I believe that people like Hussain Haqqani are very rare in the histories but few people are hell bent to make them liability rather than assets. Just because of such policies we stand no where in the world today.

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  • khalid
    May 12, 2012 - 1:24AM

    How stupidly wise people we are? Our whole house is filled with snakes, which are biting us, killing us and our children. There is no works in the factories, no business in the market, no law and order, no safety and security. Labour sitting idle on the road side, shopkeepers sitting idle in their shops, even puncture shop wala is sitting idle waiting for electricity and bla bla—- – - – .
    We are enjoying this flourishing Democracy, doing talk shows displaying Democratic Political Gymnastic tricks, accusing, blaming, shouting and abusing on each other. Making people wise about each other by informing them, if Zardari swindled 60 million, so what they should be patient, as they have been when Sharifs ate 32 billion.
    Our Ambassador Haqqani Sahib is getting Memos written by American Agents like Mansoor Ijaz. President Sahib is involved in National money swindling scandle, Prime Minister is harboring the accused President and claiming to follow the Constitution giving his own version of Constitutional implications, other than the SC explanation. Prime Minister’s one son has plundered the hajis, the other has been involved in selling drugs to compensate for the loss which their mother caused by loosing money in gambling in Dubai. Haven’t we provided enough material to the world for amusement.
    Then some wise said that we are suffering from Schizophrenia or some mental disorder and the courts are wrong, wasting time and bla – - -bla. Why should we not get mentally sick, unless we haven’t we gone “beghairat”? or we have some vested interest in such national turmoil and common man disaster?

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