Memogate: Judicial commission summons Zardari, Kayani on Jan 9

Published: January 4, 2012
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The SC had earlier issued a notice to the president but he did not submit his reply .

The SC had earlier issued a notice to the president but he did not submit his reply .

ISLAMABAD: The judicial commission probing the Memogate case summoned President Asif Ali Zardari, Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, Director General Inter-Services Intelligence (DG-ISI) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif on January 9, Express News reported on Wednesday. 

The commission’s first meeting on Thursday was presided over by Balochistan High Court Chief Justice Qazi Faiz Isa, where in the decision was taken to issue notices to all the relevant parties involved and petitioners in the case.

Secretary commission Jawad Abbas Hassan issued notices to DG-ISI Shuja Pasha, Husain Haqqani, US citizen Mansoor Ijaz and others to present themselves in court on January 9.

The Supreme Court (SC) of Pakistan had earlier, too, issued a notice to the president but he did not submit his reply to the court.

Earlier on Thursday SC had issued contempt of court notices to Babar Awan and other PPP leaders who were present at a press conference on the memo case.

The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leaders who have been issued similar notices by the court includes Khursheed Shah, Firdous Ashiq Awan and Qamar Zaman Kaira.

Awan and the others were now expected to submit their explanatory replies to the court by January 13.

The orders were issued today by a Supreme Court two member bench comprising of Justice Ijaz Afzal and Justice Ather Saeed.

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  • Karachi Resident
    Jan 4, 2012 - 8:51PM

    Supreme Court khappay.

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  • Malik
    Jan 4, 2012 - 9:04PM

    he will not go

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  • Khan.
    Jan 4, 2012 - 9:09PM

    There u go

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  • Fahad Raza
    Jan 4, 2012 - 9:15PM

    and people were against Sc hearing…? WHY Recommend

  • Adnan
    Jan 4, 2012 - 9:18PM

    Now it’s very much clear that all this drama is being created to get rid of Zardari. I am not a political activist or a PPP supporter by I believe this is a very biased proceedings. Please give us a break!!

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  • Pinky
    Jan 4, 2012 - 9:20PM

    Clash of the titans aboard the Titanic of Pakistani democracy..

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  • Jan 4, 2012 - 9:33PM

    Asma jahagir was just being personal about it, ha

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  • MALIK WAQAR HAIDER AWAN
    Jan 4, 2012 - 9:38PM

    These people have done nothing in their tenure but now wants to become SEASI SHAHEED, doing desperate acts to achieve their ends. The politicians who have no respect for Courts does not deserve to do politics in Pakistan, people of Pakistan should punish them with their votes.

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  • Umer
    Jan 4, 2012 - 9:38PM

    SC is having fun messing with the government and what people cheering the SC on the streets don’t realise that this is at the expense of justice to the ordinary person.

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  • Jan 4, 2012 - 9:42PM

    Vienna,January 4,2012
    Comments should await the conclusion.No at the middle of
    the drama applause or heckling please.Expect a comedy.
    Taravadu Taranga Trust for Media Monitoring TTTMM India
    –Kulamarva Balakrishna

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  • Ch Allah Daad
    Jan 4, 2012 - 9:56PM

    President of Pakistan has immunity, its violation of constituion to drag him in these matters. How many times higher courts have summoned military dictators. He should not go, instead he should send judicial reference against this tribunal and those who formed it. Enogh is enough.

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  • Jan 4, 2012 - 10:10PM

    This is too fast a trial. SC ‘ must move with decency ,so the honour to Presidency can be preserved .

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  • SalSal
    Jan 4, 2012 - 10:55PM

    @Ch Allah Daad
    He doesn’t have immunity If he’s guilty of TREASON!!!

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  • Falcon
    Jan 4, 2012 - 11:11PM

    @Ch Allah Daad:
    President doesn’t have immunity against every potential crime, because if that was the case, he would be considered above the law.

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  • Ch Allah Daad
    Jan 5, 2012 - 12:05AM

    @ Falcon, you are right, no one is above law, but according to constitution its duty of parliament to impeach him if he breaks any law. Parliament is the only and proper forum to punish sitting President.. If Parliament refuses to do so, it means he has done nothing wrong. If voters think Parliament did not do its job, they should nott elect its memebers next time.

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  • jai zardari
    Jan 5, 2012 - 12:39AM

    this supreem court judges will be gone but Zardari and bhutoos will be here
    if any one considers this court anything more than a anti zardari league then he is mistaken

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  • dv sikka
    Jan 5, 2012 - 12:50AM

    Memogate is giving Pakistan a bad name. Everybody should cooperate with the commission so that truth come out as soon as possible. It is a quastion of the Honour of Pakistan

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  • Abbas from the US
    Jan 5, 2012 - 12:53AM

    @SalSal:

    So who decides what is treason? The court or the elected representatives. The court is answerable to no one the CJ and the justices have life term jobs. The elected representatives can be voted out.

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  • Hamid
    Jan 5, 2012 - 1:50AM

    Zardari should be prosecuted.

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  • Syed
    Jan 5, 2012 - 2:02AM

    enough is enough, where to get the justice when Judges and courts already made their mind before trial … thats what hapend to bhutto too … it will be the beginig of the end if another injustice happend

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  • Pinky from pak
    Jan 5, 2012 - 4:06AM

    @Abbas from the US
    aww..unlike US supreme court,our judges are not appointed for life :)
    CJ will retire next year..here checkout [the retirement dates][1]
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SupremeCourtof_Pakistan#Justices

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  • Saad Durrani
    Jan 5, 2012 - 4:07AM

    @Kulamarva Balakrishna:
    Why don’t you go TTTMM your country for once!

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  • Mubashir
    Jan 5, 2012 - 4:39AM

    @Ch Allah Daad:
    Chaudhary sahib, may I suggest that you actually read the constitution pertaining to Presidential Immunity.. maybe then you shall be in a better position to comment….

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  • k.pervez
    Jan 5, 2012 - 8:08AM

    Mike Mullen confirmed that he received memo, but he ignored it being incredible and did not proceed. When recipient saying not credible why so much mess in in Pakistan and Supreme court. Mansoor Ejaz is patent lier. He lied about Osamas agreed arrest in Sudan,about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction. He lied about Iran having already made atom bomb. He lied about ISI being rouge agency spreading terrorism like cancer in same article of Financial times.Should we believe him.

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  • sunny
    Jan 5, 2012 - 9:37AM

    Democracy! We all love democrachy, dont we?
    Our respected leaders please let democracy fourish in this country and for this
    we should strengthen pillars of a democratic sovereign state. Judiciary is one of
    them. Respect SC ruling and let give deomocracy a chance in this country. Those
    who dont respect judicial supermacy have no right to be claim democratic.

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  • Attif Abbas
    Jan 5, 2012 - 9:58AM

    Well long suspense, shouldn’t Zardari go to court and says he is not responsible for it and then everything will fall down.Why he is afraid to face the court.

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  • Salma Suhail
    Jan 5, 2012 - 7:51PM

    As the memo was not signed by any person in Govt, it was a worthless piece of paper. Why would Haqqany choose an alien journalist to deliver it when he could have met Mullen to hand it over? As an Ambassador, he must have met Mullen a few dozen times ‘officially’ to hand it over. On the other hand, institutions like ISI would need goofy carriers and could use such a route. According to me, viewing from far-off city away from Pakistan or USA, I think it has all the hallmarks of an ‘inside’ job. I honestly wonder why Haqqani was ‘instructed’ to quit as emphasized by PM’s office!

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  • Majid
    Jan 7, 2012 - 11:40AM

    @Allah dad…you have any news where is the parliment? if you have please reply me.

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  • Pervaiz
    Jan 7, 2012 - 7:39PM

    Mr Sharif’s memory may have erased an event, but it is fresh in many minds. The year was 1999, and Mr Sharif as the prime minister of Pakistan was going through similar fears, when he decided to make a dash to meet the then US President Bill Clinton. If newspaper reports were correct, Mr Sharif was trying to plead his case with the usual stakeholder, the US. This was post-Kargil and there were signs that the military was about to topple his government. At least a few of the astrologically gifted political leaders were predicting that a martial law was on the horizon. It was a pretty similar scenario, but back then going to the US to plead the case for one’s government was not considered a matter of sovereignty, I guess. Do we need to jog our memories for the pardon granted to Mr Sharif at the behest of the Saudis? That pardon saved his life and took him to exile in the holy land.Recommend

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