Ijaz's right to record statement should be taken away: Haqqani

Former ambassador says Ijaz's right to record statement should be taken away if he does not appear before commission.


Web Desk January 23, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistan ambassador to the United States (US) Husain Haqqani has hit back at Mansoor Ijaz, the central figure in the Memogate scandal, stating that the Pakistani-American businessman’s right to record a statement be taken away if he does not appear before the commission probing the matter, Express News reported on Monday.

Haqqani’s statement comes after Ijaz’s counsel, Akram Sheikh, announced earlier today that his client had expressed reservations over the security arrangements made for him and had requested that the judicial commission record his statement in London or Zurich.

The former ambassador is caught in a tense stand-off between the government and military over a memo that accused the army of plotting a coup after the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden last May.

Haqqani is currently living at Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani’s hilltop residence in Islamabad, saying that he fears for his life.

Ijaz has also cited security issues as a reason for not coming to Pakistan and his counsel has also demanded that the army provide him with security in line with the order given by the judicial commission.

COMMENTS (56)

basharat | 9 years ago | Reply

Mansoor Ijaz has refused to record his statement in Pakistan, presumption of false accusation, according to law and practice, can be drawn against him, nevertheless, it appears from mood of the court that his right to testify will not be taken away and the commission will be gracious enough and will afford him opportunity enabling him to record his statement through some alternate means; there is nothing pleasant for Mr Haqqni so far. Sipah Salar has filed an affidavit with the supreme court, which is being given too much weight. This case will be recorded in the legal history of Pakistan,the Supreme court has taken cognisance upon an unsigned and unproven piece of writing and an article written by a man of dubious character and record.

Umer | 9 years ago | Reply

@ayesha shaukat:

why dont you hand over your data, mister. what do you have to hide, ghadaar e aala?

If you are going to be the court then we don't need "Azad Adliyya".

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