Tribune Take: Did the government scare Mansoor Ijaz away?

The judicial commission can still obtain Mansoor Ijaz's testimony, says The Express Tribune reporter, Faisal Shakeel.

Gibran Ashraf January 23, 2012

In today’s episode of the Tribune Take we take a look at the latest curve ball offered up in the saga that is now Mansoor Ijaz's trip to Pakistan.

Faisal Shakeel, Reporter for The Express Tribune based in Islamabad, says that Ijaz, following the advice from his counsel, has decided not to travel to Pakistan. However, this does not mean that Ijaz cannot still testify in the Memogate case.

Shakeel says a few options remain, as Ijaz can testify over video conference, or a delegate from the judicial commission can travel to either London or Zurich where they can record his testimony.

Shakeel says this may not have been necessary had the interior ministry included representatives of the army in the security planning for Mansoor Ijaz’s stay in Pakistan from the beginning.

Read Faisal Shakeel’s articles here.

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Ghazain Mazari | 9 years ago | Reply

I expected more from The Tribune. Newspapers are supposed to be impartial and unbiased; however, that is not the case with The Tribune. Mansoor ijaz would have never come to Pakistan, even if he had army protection...and now that we're on that point the army is supposed to protect Pakistan from foreign enemies, not protect foreign nationals, no matter the perceived risk.

Hafiz Shah Ali | 9 years ago | Reply

Yes. The government did every thing possible to scare him.His testimony should be done through video conference

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