Memogate: Court’s commission falters but PM braces for fire

Published: December 4, 2011
Khosa declines probe chief’s job; Gilani says Nawaz moved SC out of fear of Senate elections.  PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Khosa declines probe chief’s job; Gilani says Nawaz moved SC out of fear of Senate elections. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

ISLAMABAD / LAHORE: As the embattled government’s chief executive placed himself squarely in the line of potential fire, the memogate offensive appeared to falter on its own, with the chief justice’s nominee refusing to head the commission to probe the scandal.

Presiding over a meeting of the Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) Punjab parliamentary party at the Governor House in Lahore on Saturday, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said that it was his neck on the line, and not the president’s, if a connection is established between Islamabad and the controversial memo sent to the US military chief.

The premier said that the opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had only moved the Supreme Court over the memogate because it feared the impending numerical strength of the PPP in the upper house of parliament following the Senate elections in March.

He stressed that he had personally called on the parliamentary committee on national security chairman Senator Raza Rabbani to initiate an inquiry over the memogate scandal – adding that the committee is a bigger platform than any other in the country.

Court’s nominee declines

Despite a strong offer, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry’s nominated candidate, Tariq Khosa, refused to head the memogate probe commission.

In an email to the Supreme Court registrar late Friday night, Khosa thanked the court for placing its trust in him, but offered his regrets to accept the task, citing personal engagements.

Khosa reportedly also met the chief justice at his residence on Saturday evening, after sending his refusal.

A nine-member bench of the apex court headed by the chief justice on Thursday had asked the court’s registrar to seek Khosa’s consent to head a commission to preserve the evidence in the memogate scandal.

A reputed cop, Khosa has served as Federal Investigation Agency  director general and Inspector General of Balochistan. Following his retirement as Secretary Narcotics, Khosa is currently serving as the United Nations’ adviser on rule of law and criminal justice.

Sources attribute Khosa’s refusal to his close links to the Punjab administration and the judiciary.

In a press conference on Thursday, PPP’s former law minister Dr Babar Awan alleged a bias in Khosa’s nomination, referring to his brothers Nasir Khosa, Chief Secretary Punjab, and Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, a serving Supreme Court judge.

Khosa might have sensed that the government could malign him, his spotless career and his brothers, said Advocate Azhar Siddique while talking to The Express Tribune.

Following Khosa’s refusal, the chief justice will decide the course of action either in his chamber, or in open court. Interestingly, Khosa is also said to have refused the post of Punjab police chief offered earlier by the current Punjab administration.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 4th, 2011. 

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Reader Comments (36)

  • Attif
    Dec 3, 2011 - 1:04PM

    Good decision,how long these men of integrity can save Pakistan.


  • Malik Arif
    Dec 3, 2011 - 1:18PM

    Great decision! don’t align with opportunists.


  • shuja
    Dec 3, 2011 - 1:23PM

    Most probably this gentleman knows that his findings will be of no use in the end due to attitude of government towards judicial orders.A pathetic situation for those who want rule of law in the country.


  • fasmik
    Dec 3, 2011 - 2:08PM

    An Awful decision. Probably this man feels threatened by the bunch of thugs and killers .
    If men continue to back out from their responsibilities, then how can this Nation even survive?
    What a pity. A real sorry state for us when men of authority refuse to be a part of justice system & let stray wolves roam at will and handle people of this country.

  • akhtar
    Dec 3, 2011 - 2:20PM

    the judiciary in Pakistan is clearly partisan CJ thinks he is above the parliament and is running his own government.Only people who believe in his court are anti PPP characters and he has last his credibility
    he should resign and restore some dignity to his office.mind you he is a musharaf production and PCO judge


  • Mohla
    Dec 3, 2011 - 2:23PM

    So Mr.Khosa has decided ultimately to be remained safe and sound.


  • Arif
    Dec 3, 2011 - 2:26PM

    Call back Saif-ur-Rehamn and the chief justice should should ask him to head the commission.


  • Not me
    Dec 3, 2011 - 2:29PM

    The country needs you. Do your duty for the country and accept the homour and inquire into the Memo.Please


  • Masud Ahmed
    Dec 3, 2011 - 2:32PM

    He is a wise man. He refused to be a part of political battle. But the judges are fools. They have tarnished their image to lend support to Nawaz Sharif who have lost battle in the political field and has taken recourse to conspiracy. The establishment and the Judiciary should change their policy. If they don’t they will break this country once again. I am a punjabi myself but annoyed of middle class punjabi mentality of declaring traitors to their opponents.


  • Shahid
    Dec 3, 2011 - 2:59PM

    @shuja: We punjabi think only punjabi judges and officers are honest and patriotic. We cannot be wrong but brother this is not the case. We declared bengalis “ghaddar” and are now treating sindhies the same way. If we did not change our attitude we will be suffer the most. My appeals is:



  • Raj
    Dec 3, 2011 - 3:35PM

    Who in their right mind would want to put their hand in snake pit????
    This chap has obviously got his head messed up on right way, regardless of the perks being offered for the task !!!Recommend

  • Moulvi Nawaz Shareef
    Dec 3, 2011 - 3:46PM

    A true man of integrity, always stood by the principles, he was the inquiry officer who blamed Baluch Sardars for killing of five women in Baluchistan, and for that he was criticized by a Baluch Sardar, Mr Zehri (who is now a leader of PML-N), when posted to FIA chnged it inot an effective organization with the unearthing of NICL and Haj Scams…..In my opinion he is the most honest bureaucrat this country had in recent times!!!


  • Mahmood Saeed
    Dec 3, 2011 - 5:07PM

    Funny, he was named to head a commission without obtaining prior consent from him. Funny, indeed.


  • Truth Teller
    Dec 3, 2011 - 5:09PM

    Fully agree with Masud Ahmed! Time for establishment to wake up & smell the Coffee!


  • Aftab kenneth Wilson
    Dec 3, 2011 - 6:07PM

    Good decision because he knows the whole game plan of some judges and the forces of darkness which are always against democracy. Judges of LHC and their Ring Master in SC should learn some lesson from this gentleman.


  • Imran
    Dec 3, 2011 - 6:54PM

    Rent a judge!Recommend

  • Imran
    Dec 3, 2011 - 6:58PM

    How CJ came up with the name of the person to head the commission? How is he familiar with various bureaucrats?


  • Arif
    Dec 3, 2011 - 7:10PM

    I too belong punjab, and seeing so many voices from my provinces shun negative politics makes my heart warm…it is about time we stopped considering ourselves superior then other races in Pakistan … we should have the same yardstick for all…justice cant be selective..


  • Dec 3, 2011 - 7:13PM

    Waiting for his investigations, Khosa’s reports about the scandal.


  • sadhu
    Dec 3, 2011 - 7:34PM

    Prudent man. He has some inkling of what is involved. Life is more precious than the so called national duty.


  • akhtar
    Dec 3, 2011 - 7:34PM

    In Pakistan it is dictatorship of supreme court judges
    the current bench should be replaced by a new one, this bench is trying ton usurp the governmental powers so shud be tried under article sixRecommend

  • Maulana Diesel
    Dec 3, 2011 - 7:37PM

    In a country where the even the most powerful lady (ex PM BB) had been insecure how can a poor bureaucrat take a chance and head an inquiry which is going to be too costly. Why not the CJ bell the cat himself and get into the inquiry business. I am sure he won’t. Recommend

  • Safdar
    Dec 3, 2011 - 8:27PM

    This is yet another proof that Musharraf was correct in his decision to remove the current CJ, who is doing nothing but to protect interests of Sharifs. What a shame of these judges has braught to Pakistan.


  • Dec 3, 2011 - 8:35PM

    This old Soldier has sensed the futility of this job…………..


  • Pir Monafiq Shah
    Dec 4, 2011 - 3:02AM

    In Dar ul Monafiqeen, truth is the biggest casualty. ISI chief did not resign when the most wanted terrorist is residing in Kakul Academy. The Naval Chief did not resign when PC-3 Orions were destroyed in his courtyard. PAF chief did not resign when air force was not scrambled while NATO was targeting Pak posts in Mohmand agency for 2 hours. COAS did not resign when US attacked Pakistan and plucked the most wanted terrorist from Abbottabd…………………but the whole nation is mobilized for a paper which is not signed, not written by the alleged ambassador…………………..


  • mussarat hussain
    Dec 4, 2011 - 8:41AM

    Thank God we still have some honest officials in the Police Service of Pakistan like Mr. Khosa, once my best friend.

    Mussarat Hussain,
    former Crime Reporter (APP)


  • Pakistani
    Dec 4, 2011 - 8:57AM

    Intelligent person.He saved his izzat.All he would have got at the end of it is anda and timatar.


  • Iftikhar-ur-Rehman
    Dec 4, 2011 - 1:53PM

    Nothing will happen, as usual no outcome of this hullabaloo. We Pakistanis are in the habit of giving angry statements , violent protests,burning tires and cursing America but then what happens??? NOTHING!!! anger is released and then we forget! Anyone remembers RAYMOND DAVIS???? What happened at the end? He just left Pakistan and those who were shouting at top of their voices are silent!!! The list goes on & on!!!!
    Similarly the SC is giving verdicts but so far the current Govt. has shown contempt for the orders issued!!


  • k. Salim Jahangir
    Dec 4, 2011 - 7:02PM

    ” braces for fire”………let the time come,he will run faster……….


  • Dr. Who!
    Dec 5, 2011 - 2:20AM

    @Pir Monafiq Shah: Well said Pir sahab!
    This was an elaborate “Operation Stealth” which somehow fizzled out.
    Just look at Mansoor Ijaz’s history and his Modus Operandi! He is the invisible hand of “Malaiks.”


  • D Das
    Dec 5, 2011 - 3:26AM

    Is Mansoor Izzaj CIA/US agent succeeding in destablising in
    political System of Pakistan?He succeded in getting scalp of Hussain Haqqani.SC has also got embroiled.Nawaz Sharif as usual,without thinking jumped the gun.And every talk show,believe it or not in sheilding Army from take overs,east pakistan fiasco,Kargil Oct 1998,Mehran,Hq attack and abbotabad is getting day in and day out excoriated in the minds of people.Just think who is winning.Certainly not pak army or civil Government.And now Salal.Do you see the pattern?


  • Aftab kenneth Wilson
    Dec 5, 2011 - 8:09AM

    @Pir Monafiq Shah: You forgot to mention the name of pre-historic faced three time PCO person.


  • Shahid
    Dec 5, 2011 - 9:45AM

    @Moulvi Nawaz Shareef:
    There was an old joke,an american and a russian were talking liberty in their countries. Amercian said he can abuse American president in front of president house. What is great in this, I can stand in front of my president house and abuse American president.

    Genlemen, have these greta hosent people like Judges, Khosa and Qureshi done any meaningful independent iquriry against ‘Sharifs.


  • Dec 7, 2011 - 8:08PM

    The SC, Islamists are rightwing parties are playing hide and seek with the democracy and assemblies. They have already initiated a hearing assuming national assembly failed. In any country the congress is supreme; in Pakistan mullah/judiciary alliance is supreme. The height to anti-democracy is such that the court and Nawaz Sharif are taking the shady CIA agent a foreigner (who has never been a Pakistani citizen) single handedly over Hussain Haqqani, elected Govt and democracy! What is the difference between Ray Davis and Mansoor Ijaz except the color of their skin? They both created major crisis in Pakistan. However, some are more interested in Mansoor Ijaz and treating him and his set up as a page from holy book.Recommend

  • Dec 7, 2011 - 8:11PM

    One is amazed at the sudden Memory loss of Nawaz Sharif, when he talks about supremacy of law and Justice. Nawaz Sharif always pretends to be innocent. It was Nawaz Sharif who planned a cowardly attack on Supreme Court of Pakistan. Nawaz Sharif robbed billion of rupees. Every Pakistani knows that he had links with Osama Bin Laden. He has taken 3.5 million from him in Saudi Arabia for sake of Taliban, but he spent half of this money on vote of no confidence against Benazir Bhutto. That shows his character. He pushes other into snake pit of accusation but don’t look upon himself. Supreme Court of Pakistan should also ask about his assets and pending cases.
    Here is the Video PROOF showing federal ministers of nawaz Sharif cabinet attacking Supreme Court!!!
    It seems hilarious and obnoxious when Nawaz Sharif talks about Justice, accountability and rule of Law. You are no more trustable Mian Sahib.


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