DG ISI should have resigned after May 2 incident: Asma Jehangir

Published: December 19, 2011
Jehangir says she did not understand why DG ISI felt the need to travel abroad in order to investigate the matter. PHOTO: ONLINE/FILE

Jehangir says she did not understand why DG ISI felt the need to travel abroad in order to investigate the matter. PHOTO: ONLINE/FILE

ISLAMABAD: The counsel for former Ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani, Asma Jehangir said on Monday that Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Director General Shuja Ahmed Pasha “should have resigned immediately” after the May 2 raid in Abbottabad that killed al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

Speaking to the media after the hearing of the Memogate case, Jehangir said that she did not understand why the DG ISI felt the need to travel abroad in order to investigate the matter.

“Who gave him the authority to do it?” she asked. “I hope our politicians realize where they are taking the country by blindly pursuing the Memogate case.”

She said that the Supreme Court had admitted American-Pakistani businessman Mansoor Ijaz’s e-mail, which he had sent to the registrar, into a part of his reply while petitioners will get the replies by midnight.

Jehangir said that she had subjected the order in the Memogate case to criticism and would continue to do so in her arguments. She said that Ijaz had himself stated that he would defend the interest of US.

“This matter should be examined with care and the court should provide ample time to all the stakeholders to get their part of the story across,” she said. She also said that Ijaz had become the “darling of media,” and that the media played up every statement he made.

The Memogate scandal began when Admiral Mike Mullen confirmed the existence of a controversial memo, allegedly sent by President Zardari via a trusted source. Former ambassador to the US Haqqani resigned after it was alleged that he involved in the controversy.

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  • Much Amused
    Dec 19, 2011 - 5:30PM

    Resignation ??? That would be a first in Pakistan.


  • Malik
    Dec 19, 2011 - 5:35PM

    This is Pakistan, have u ever seen any precedent of resignation over any issue in the past? why Dind’nt Minister gondal resigned when he said “cheeni ayaashi hai”? why didnt raja pervez ashraf resigned over not fulfilling his comitment? why didnt supreme commander of forces Mr. zardari resigned over 2 may? I have a news for u Mrs. Jahangir, no one will resign. no one. Recommend

  • LOK
    Dec 19, 2011 - 5:39PM

    If HH is innocent then why did he resign?


  • Vaqar - UK
    Dec 19, 2011 - 5:39PM

    Ms Jehangir, defend the indefensible. By your logic you are saying, why did the policeman start and investigation, rather than worrying about why the crime was committed?


  • Maryam
    Dec 19, 2011 - 5:48PM

    Now she is a brave women like Bushra Gohar and Marvi Sirmed. I think to stand against the mighty Army intervention in politics and toppling elected government is now left to us (women’s) as our men can no more stand against them :) This is so pity but same at the same time so bravo of us. I, as a woman, am proud of Asma, Bushra, Marvi and Malala of Swat.


  • desi-jutt
    Dec 19, 2011 - 5:56PM

    ISI chief must resign….but we he wont….no millitary officer has ever resigned on demands of civilians very sad


  • Truth Teller
    Dec 19, 2011 - 6:00PM

    Fully Agree with Asma DG ISI should have resigned after the Abbotabad incident! He went to London to stay in 750 pounds hotel suite & taking two guards who was standing outside his hotel room. Long Live Pakistan Fauj.


  • Roflcopter
    Dec 19, 2011 - 6:09PM

    DG ISI to Zardari: “Mr President, I need to go abroad to investigate the alleged memo you have written to the Americans, do I have your permission to do so?”

    Way to go Asma Jahangir that’s some great logic right there.


  • The Truth
    Dec 19, 2011 - 6:21PM

    “DG ISI should have resigned after May 2 incident: Asma Jehangir”
    What about Zardari and his ministers ???


  • Imran Mohammad
    Dec 19, 2011 - 6:24PM

    She has a point. Why memo-gate became such a big issue. What about May2, Kargil, Hamood-Rehman commission reports? Pak Military is not as clean as it pretends to be.


    Dec 19, 2011 - 6:35PM

    ‘BRAVO’ to the women of Pakistan who are braver than their counter-parts.


  • Naveed Alam Khattak
    Dec 19, 2011 - 6:48PM

    In the presence of people like this lady Asma Jahangir, there is no need for any outsider, to destroy us. This lady dont miss any opportunity to demoralise Pakistan Army & ISI, whose men are sacrfying their lives to protect their motherland from the aggressor. She remember human rights violation in Pakistan but she forgets what is going on their in Kashmir. She knows very well that who is disappearing balochis and who is behind the insurgencies in Pakistan. She is a part of that campaign run by US & their allies to destroy Pakistan Army & ISI, the only barrier in their way.


  • MarkH
    Dec 19, 2011 - 6:54PM

    Your question alone shows your inability to grasp the situation. Especially after that has been addressed by at least a few articles and a double digit or more number of comments. Why should someone answer you? You obviously don’t read anything people say.


  • AnisAqeel
    Dec 19, 2011 - 7:13PM

    If Pakistan wants to be independent and a progressive nation then its Military must have to be governed according to the constitution of Pakistan and not ‘The Constitution of The Military’. Our military has defeat after defeat and some generals, admirals and air marshals have been governing Pakistan to their own constitution. DG IGI’s involvement requires him to step down and face the Judicial System of Pakistan so that an independent and unstained inquiry can be achieved.Recommend

  • abbas
    Dec 19, 2011 - 7:20PM

    how come she is so intelligent??? any one


  • Liberal
    Dec 19, 2011 - 7:21PM

    Bravo AJ.


  • A2Z
    Dec 19, 2011 - 7:26PM

    Why it occured to her after so many months that Pasha should have resiogned? This shows she is not honest. It is just a war of words and an attempt to save Hussain Haqqani.


  • Cautious
    Dec 19, 2011 - 7:30PM

    It’s about time someone stood their ground against the ISI — the newspapers seem to be reluctant to put this organization in the spot light.


  • Kami
    Dec 19, 2011 - 7:50PM

    Asma would love to disban Army: her desire has always been visible


  • Maryam
    Dec 19, 2011 - 8:08PM

    @Naveed Alam Khattak: She is not demoralizing Pakistan Army or ISI. If you can comprehend, she is standing with the Pakistan Army and the with the People of Pakistan. If DG ISI and Army Chief were there while US found and killed OBL in Abbotabad, then we need to change these two heads of respected Army. Otherwise our Army officers and Jawans are going to demoralize as the people of Pakistan are demoralized when the world renowned terrorists was found and killed near the Army Garrison.


  • Shahid
    Dec 19, 2011 - 9:36PM

    @LOK: He did not resign.He was forced to resign. Recommend

  • Scorpio
    Dec 20, 2011 - 12:07AM

    @ Naveed Alam Khan: what aggressor? We initiated 48, 65 Wars and the Kargil fiasco. Only in1971 India was the aggressor but also victorious. Please do not parrot whatever is fed to you. Try and think for yourself.


  • Ayub Ahmed
    Dec 20, 2011 - 12:27AM

    why these lawyers to interfere in every matter of the country? this not their duty…….


  • khundi
    Dec 20, 2011 - 1:56AM

    The sacred cows of Pakistan: Army and ISI!!!!!!
    Not accountable to anyone. These leeches have sucked Pakistan;s blood. They will never learn and never give up. Who needs enemies, if we have Pakistan Army to destabilize Pakistan. First East Pakistan fiasco.. Now Baluchistan, killing of Mr. Akbar Bugti. Benazir Bhutto’s assassination. Galvanizing Imran Khan, as the chosen one. That ridiculous man. The list is a long one. God help us get rid of Generals of Pakistan Army.


  • Pserley Yousafzai
    Dec 20, 2011 - 2:43AM

    What a question she has raised, WHO GAVE HIM THE AUTHORITY TO TRAVEL?, i suppose the PM is his boss. What a brave lady she is. I salute her.


  • Sikandara
    Dec 20, 2011 - 2:48AM

    All you have to do is just google “Intelligence agencies rankings”. Thats all i have to say.


  • ayesha
    Dec 20, 2011 - 3:25AM

    @Ayub Ahmed: “why these lawyers to interfere in every matter of the country? this not their duty……”

    HH is her client. HEr client was forced to resign by DG ISI and his boss based on an unproved allegation by Mansoor Ejaz who is a US citizen. Now a similar unproved allegation about DG ISI has himself surfaced. So why should Asma not raise questions about that? She is defending her client in the best way possible.


  • Tristen Lendill
    Dec 20, 2011 - 3:28AM

    @Maryam does not COAS latest step to bring down the command and control thing and allow freedom to our jawans to thwart any aggression make any sense to you? Are you so ignorant of the fact that ay army in the world cannot retaliate unless the CinC orders? After having said this, I would strongly suggest that you get back to past 4 years of Pakistani politics, its anit terror policy and the implementation of this policy. Do you think Pakistani armay was given the right to defend Pakistan? As for Asma Jahangir’s question as to who allowed him to visit London, the army had started investigating this issue at the end of the May i guess and of course the President and the PM of Pakistan must have agreed to it thats why it all happened. You people back there in Pakistan do not love your country but its your own materialistic selves that you are serving. Ignoring all the truth and creating fuss and confusion within your own nation even when everything is so clear and evident. God have mercy on this nation.


  • Tristen Lendill
    Dec 20, 2011 - 3:32AM

    and i wonder why 3 star general should resign? how could he possibly influence the Chief Justice or the judiciary? is he someone with so strong a character? Make no sense why a someone who himself has investigated a matter should resign after bringing the facts to the courts? Has he not already influenced the courts then?


  • Dr Kadar Khan FRCS
    Dec 20, 2011 - 3:51AM

    What a brave woman. Of course the coward ISI chief do the honarable thing and fall on his sward. Too much at stakes: Shahzad murder, OBL and Taliban sanctuaries, Mumbai attacks, Kabul attacks, the list goes on…..
    Shuja Pasha, bite the dust if you are a real Man….You have let us Pakistanis miserably down..Recommend

  • sudhir
    Dec 20, 2011 - 4:07AM

    Pakistan is already run by dictators, civilian government is only a mask.Kiyani and his team will never retire and will keep on extending their services


  • Pir Monafiq Shah
    Dec 20, 2011 - 4:52AM

    Three cheers for the Iron Lady


  • You Said It
    Dec 20, 2011 - 5:02AM

    Kayani didn’t resign after GHQ attack or after May 2 attack or after Nov 26 attack. But then neither did Musharraf after Kargil, Tikka Khan after Operation Searchlight, Ayub Khan after 1965, etc… There is such a long tradition of not taking responsibility, that it would have been sacrilegeous of Pasha to resign — it would’ve set a dangerous precedent for generals to come.


  • frank
    Dec 20, 2011 - 5:25AM

    Dear Asma Jahangir,

    What is your opinion on the American drone attacks on Pakistan and the resulting civillian casualties? You seem to have a hell of a lot to say in general but I can’t recall you ever expressing an opinion on these. Thanks.


  • Umer
    Dec 20, 2011 - 5:40AM


    All you have to do is just google
    “Intelligence agencies rankings”.
    Thats all i have to say.

    Why not instead google security situation in Pakistan? That would give a better idea of how capable our agencies are.


  • SaudiRules
    Dec 20, 2011 - 6:21AM

    I pray to Allah(SWT) that dear brave Asma Jehangir does not get visitation from the plain clothed goons at night!


  • Dec 20, 2011 - 6:23AM

    Bravo Asma.


  • Lord
    Dec 20, 2011 - 9:29AM

    At least some one has shown some guts.Thumps up Asma.


  • Pakistani Awam
    Dec 20, 2011 - 10:24AM

    Long Live Pakistan
    Long Live Pakistan Army
    Long Live ISIRecommend

  • Bilal
    Dec 20, 2011 - 10:50AM

    @The Truth: anyone not working in public interest should resign!


  • Bilal
    Dec 20, 2011 - 10:55AM

    @Naveed Alam Khattak:
    perhaps i should enlighten you with the term called FALLACY…. no one is forgetting our soldiers who fight for their country and they have done an excellent job in swat region, I admire that. But here is the thing army and ISI should restrict themselves to just that. It’s no-entry for them in politics. We pay them through our taxes and by taking on debt to protect us … not fly to meet ijaz on a stupid “memo” perhaps the question to be asked is ..How sound of judgement can this man make if he flew out of country on such a stupid case when our country perhaps needs the most intelligence to fight this war on terror.


  • Bilal
    Dec 20, 2011 - 11:09AM

    @Tristen Lendill:
    what she is referring to is OBL May 2 episode and hence DG ISI should resign. ISI job is protect pakistan from terrorist and OBL was found next to a military base… it’s his job to know that.


  • Sajida
    Dec 28, 2011 - 6:46AM

    Ms Jehangir is not productive. She can see what THE LANDLESS RURAL WORKERS MOVEMENT has achieved in Brazil, another large landridden country.


  • Ashraf P
    Dec 28, 2011 - 6:46AM

    Pakistani women have proven to have more courage than the men folk. Bravo Asma! In a democracy, the army is subservient to the government.


  • John
    Dec 28, 2011 - 7:49AM

    @Dr Kadar Khan FRCS:

    You are very right..ISI should atleast answer how OBL was not detectd, then how inefficient they were..for months his DNA taken, address/family verified but this super intelligent hound did not know nothing…lol Recommend

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