Tribune Take: Memogate inquiry could end in a farce

Published: December 15, 2011

In today’s episode of the Tribune Take we take a look at the various submissions to the Supreme Court in their inquiry of the memogate case. 

Muhammad Ziauddin, Executive Editor The Express Tribune, says even if the inquiry finds former ambassador Husain Haqqani guilty, article six of the constitution could only be implemented by the parliament, rendering the Supreme Court inquiry ineffective.

So far only four respondents – former Ambassador to United States (US) Husain Haqqani, Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz, Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani and Director General Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) – Lt. General Shuja Pasha have submitted their replies to the Supreme Court.

Ziauddin also sheds light on the possible political motivations behind Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Nawaz Sharif’s submission of the petition. He says after accusations of being a ‘friendly opposition’ Sharif filed the pettion to take the media spotlight away from Pakistan Thereek-i-Insaf chairman Imran Khan.

Read Muhammad Ziauddin’s articles here.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Dec 15, 2011 - 11:14PM

    In view of the present circumstances, it is very likely that the present political government may be dismissed any time and army make take over the country to run day to day country’s affairs.

    I don’t think that general elections would takes place in the coming years.


  • Realist.
    Dec 16, 2011 - 12:39AM

    Like Najam Sethi said Nawaz Sharif wants to take down PPP & GHQ in one Shot!
    & nawaz Sharif has made it difficult for BOTH of them to run away!


  • Ali
    Dec 16, 2011 - 1:09AM

    Was article 6 of the constitution ever invoked to punish military dictators ? Why we are playing in the hands of military establishment?


  • KH Mian
    Dec 16, 2011 - 6:13AM

    Memogate is a farce invented by USA allow certain desirable changes to be brought about without direct intervention in its satrapy called Pakistan located on river Indus.


  • ahmed
    Dec 17, 2011 - 2:27AM

    memogate issue is becoming sensitive day by day,and its the responsibility of parliament and supreme court to investigate the matter in depth and bring the real culprits in front of the far as most of the people predicting military coup in future but i don’t think so that military will take over in this situation when our economy is in shambles.


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