Memo case: IHC courtroom to be fitted with video conferencing facility

Published: January 14, 2012
Haqqani files application against Ijaz’s counsel. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Haqqani files application against Ijaz’s counsel. PHOTO: AFP/FILE


While preparations to equip the Islamabad High Court’s courtroom number one, where a three-member judicial commission is hearing the Memo case, with a video conference facility are in full swing, former ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani filed an application on Friday against Mansoor Ijaz’s counsel for attributing “fallacious and fabricated claims” to the former envoy.

A three-member judicial commission headed by Balochistan High Court (BHC) Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa is hearing the Memogate case.

The revelation regarding the video conference facility was made on the BBC’s website.

However, the website said that the purpose behind the installation of the facility was still unclear in terms of whether it was being done to interact with a specific individual or for the commission’s convenience.

Meanwhile, saying that Ijaz’s counsel Akram Sheikh had attributed false claims to him, Haqqani filed an application on Friday before the disciplinary committee of the Pakistan Bar Council for taking action against Sheikh.

Sheikh, on December 30, had alleged that his client Ijaz had received threats through an email address belonging to Haqqani, the former envoy said in his application, adding that such “baseless allegations carried no weight because there weren’t true and were based on mala fide intent”.

Ijaz’s email address was published in newspapers as a result of his own and his counsel’s efforts, the application said. “Neither the petitioner, nor anyone on his behalf, sent out an email on his behalf,” it further said, adding, “The petitioner is a law abiding citizen and this exercise was only carried out to unnecessarily render the petitioner irresponsible and to create false impressions and guilt by association, which does not reflect well on a senior counsel of Sheikh’s stature,” he said, and requested the committee to initiate disciplinary proceedings against Sheikh under the Legal Practitioners and Bar Council Act.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 14th, 2012. 

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Reader Comments (4)

  • Mirza
    Jan 14, 2012 - 12:39PM

    The PCO judges would do anything to use their only witness in Memo case. If the foreign double agent Mansoor does not bother to come to Pakistan the court would go to him. They would go to any extent that no other court has gone in the dubious judicial history of Pakistan. Why all this money is spent for one man’s testimony, is there a precedent in the past or Mansoor is the chosen one?


  • zaheeer babar
    Jan 14, 2012 - 12:43PM

    Hawks are there on both sides as were before many occasions to let sat the camel for their vested intrests.
    Both sides muste look forward for long term interests of the country. we have many hawks which are working for others including mining companies, lease holders, mafias of importers, big land grabbers, smugglers, money launderes, and lobbies benefiting from one man show and they are hungry now again.


  • ijaz Mir
    Jan 14, 2012 - 1:33PM

    Mr Haqqani wish you all the best in your coming trial,,If you are not guilty you should have no fear, Pakistan’s supreme court is very fair. but if you are guilty and convicted.
    Please prepare your self for long time to spend in Jail


  • Fahad Javaid
    Jan 14, 2012 - 7:58PM

    Mansoor Ejaz’s lawyer stated that he has received threats in regard to Haqqani which creates doubts in ones mind. And maybe, video conferencing is being installed for him so that he can participate in the jurisdiction. In case, he isn’t provided the full proof security by our mighty intelligence.


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