SC extends memo commission's deadline by two months

Published: January 30, 2012
Husain Haqqani also given permission to travel abroad.

Husain Haqqani also given permission to travel abroad.

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has extended the Memogate commission’s deadline for two more months as Mansoor Ijaz failed to appear before the commission to record his statements, Express News reported on Monday.

The court was hearing an application filed by the judicial commission, which sought the extension of the deadline to complete the probe.

The court accepted the application and said that it was up to the commission whether it wants to go abroad to record Ijaz’s statements or call him to Pakistan.

During the hearing, Attorney General Maulvi Anwarul Haq told the court that the government did not have any reservations on the extension of the term given to the Memogate commission.

The attorney general also said that Canadian company Research In Motion (RIM) which carries the BlackBerry records has denied handing over the data required. The company said that if the Pakistani government wishes to obtain the data then it should send an application through the Canadian High Commission.

Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, heading the nine-member bench, said that Ijaz’s letter had been received which he had requested be kept undisclosed. The chief justice added that the letter will be sent to the Registrar so that the information provided in it can be used at an appropriate time.

Former ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani’s former counsel Asma Jehangir argued that everyone in the court was talking about Article 19 of the Constitution, but Ijaz’s letter, in contrast, was being kept a secret.

Jehangir also appealed against the extension of two-months given to the commission and requested that the court cut it down to one-month, but the court snubbed her request.

The Supreme Court had formed the judicial commission on December 30 last year and had given a four-week deadline to complete the investigations.

SC disposes off Haqqani’s travel ban

The court accepted Asma Jehangir’s request of allowing her client, Haqqani to travel abroad to visit his children.

The court disposed off the travel ban but imposed that whenever the Memogate commission or the court summons Haqqani, he will have to comply and come back to Pakistan within a period of four days.

“I am glad that the Supreme Court has restored my right to travel, which had been rescinded without any charges being filed against me,” Haqqani told Reuters after the decision.

“I will join my family in the US after discussions with the leaders of the Pakistan Peoples Party.”

Haqqani had earlier filed an application requesting to allow him to travel abroad as he was barred from doing so owing to his alleged connection in the Memogate scandal.

Haqqani may travel to US soon

Husain Haqqani is expected to fly out of Pakistan early on January 31.

Express News on Monday reported that his initial destination is the UAE. However it is believed, that he may later join up with his family in the US.

US ‘gratified’ Pakistan lifts travel curbs on Haqqani

The United States said Monday it was “gratified” that Pakistan’s highest court had lifted travel curbs imposed on Husain Haqqani, the country’s scandal-hit former envoy to the United States.

“We are gratified that the government of Pakistan has lifted the travel ban on ambassador Haqqani — specifically the Supreme Court of Pakistan — and that he’s free to travel as he chooses,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.

“And we continue to expect that Pakistan will resolve this situation and other internal issues in a transparent manner and upholding Pakistani laws and constitution,” Nuland told reporters.

Haqqani was forced to resign as ambassador to Washington over claims that he was involved in drafting a secret memo trying to enlist US help to curb the power of Pakistan’s military. He denies the accusations.

The Supreme Court had restricted his travel and ordered judges to investigate who was behind the memo, heightening frenzied speculation that President Asif Ali Zardari could be forced out of office.


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Reader Comments (33)

  • Truth From Pakistan
    Jan 30, 2012 - 10:28AM

    Once out of Pakistan, Mr Haqqani is not going to return. End of memo chapter !


  • Salim
    Jan 30, 2012 - 10:35AM

    Get over it my lords, this nation needs a break.


  • KM
    Jan 30, 2012 - 10:41AM

    lets sleep every issuse, like every other issue in this country.


  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Jan 30, 2012 - 10:41AM

    Mansoor Ejaz will not come back even in the extended period.

    He is an American which means he is more than a human being and supernatural.

    The life of Mansoor Ejaz is more precious than the lives of ordinary Pakistanis.


  • Hasan
    Jan 30, 2012 - 11:09AM

    It appears that you have a very short attention span. It might be in your interest to develop the ability to focus on an issue through to its completion.


  • Raza
    Jan 30, 2012 - 11:16AM

    why cant CJ provide justice to Pakistanis suffering for last many many years? but I think then it will be difficult to score politics.


  • Umer
    Jan 30, 2012 - 11:16AM

    Mansoor Ijaz can take any amount of time but Haqani has to return in four days. Where is the justice in this?


  • Gul Khan
    Jan 30, 2012 - 11:22AM



  • Rt. Rev. Wrong
    Jan 30, 2012 - 11:52AM

    Mr. Haqqani can file criminal charges against Mansoor Ijaz for Identitiy Theft, a serious felony in US if he impersonated or pretended that he was Hussain Haqqani OR anyone else but Mansoor Ijaz.
    Mr. Haqqani has right to file a suit for civil damages in multi million $$ against Mansoor Ijaz or his family trust for demation and causing him pain and various losses.
    Do it Mr. Haqqani!


  • Jan 30, 2012 - 11:53AM

    Sure we can spend more time on this case, coz everything else is working fine in the countryRecommend

  • Umar
    Jan 30, 2012 - 12:02PM

    Honest to Allah. My case is pending in court of CJ LHC Sh Azmat Saeed since 2010. He does not care about my travelling but faciliate other lawyer for his excuses. Only one debate in court is required but NO JUSTICE FOR POOR PAKISTANIS. For god sake CJs pl have some time for us and leave MemogateRecommend

  • jai zardari
    Jan 30, 2012 - 12:18PM

    onlyn politicians in opposition can have faith in this judiciary


  • Noran danish
    Jan 30, 2012 - 12:40PM

    Congratulations mr Haqqani. Wish you be foreign minister of pakistan soon very soon. Glad to know a wrong decision is taken back. Haqqani the man of respect.


  • mussarat ahmedzeb(Swat)
    Jan 30, 2012 - 1:29PM

    fair enough.friendly opposition friendly courts friendly Gov friendly Media.the land of friendly people :-)


  • Gul
    Jan 30, 2012 - 2:40PM

    Get over it my lords, this nation needs a break & you need more time to concentrate on Asghar Khan’s petition in his life time and some time to look at missing persons.


  • Qasim
    Jan 30, 2012 - 2:41PM

    Farce continues at the expenses of hand-to-mouth millions. Nero(s) continue playing flute while the country is burning.


  • Hasan
    Jan 30, 2012 - 3:07PM

    Another case shoved under the carpet! Bravo everyone involved!


  • ZJ
    Jan 30, 2012 - 3:29PM

    Who didn’t the Govt send the request through the Canadian High Commission in the first place?


  • Qaiser k. Ahmed
    Jan 30, 2012 - 6:17PM

    Four days. Four thousand years. Who is counting? The accused and the accuser are both out of the country , or will be soon. What’s up Doc?


  • Jan 30, 2012 - 6:34PM

    As a result of ‘big deal’ held between top brass – memo gate story has come to an end – !


  • Mobeen Malik
    Jan 30, 2012 - 7:31PM

    This is called “muddayi sust aur gwah chust”. The foreign double agent’s lawyer is keener than the main character Mansoor. Why these lawyers do not show this much interest in poor people’s cases? What about rushing Qadri to his punishment? What about giving justice to M. Mai and Baloch or Abbottabad Commission? What a shameful example we are trying to set by brining the court to a foreign double agent, as if there is no other function of PCO SC and its judges.


  • Pakistani
    Jan 30, 2012 - 11:15PM

    my friends every Gov create such issues to divert attention of people from real issues , that is Poverty , Corruption , Lawlessness and list goes on , just excuses to pass the time , shame on our media as well which gives lot of coverage to such issues and not consider the real problems faced by Pakistani people . Please nation ,rise and know these excuses to keep you silent from real issues , God bless Pakistan


  • Saghir
    Jan 30, 2012 - 11:53PM

    Is Mr. haqqani going to travelabroad on Government officers passport or on ordinary regular passport. Does he needs visa for Dubai or USA?


  • Cautious
    Jan 31, 2012 - 12:03AM

    SC must have gotten new marching orders from their military masters.


  • Shahid Malik
    Jan 31, 2012 - 12:28AM

    @Umar: Our judicial system is in a pathetic state. I wonder at the guts of Chaudhry that even when his judiciary is in such a state, he can afford adventures into Executive domain to rectify its maladministration. He should stop playing the game of politics and better pay attention to his fellows in judiciary.


  • Shahid Malik
    Jan 31, 2012 - 12:31AM

    @Mobeen Malik:
    Mansoor Ijaz is a rich man and his counsel is still counting the heavy fee he received.


  • Shakky
    Jan 31, 2012 - 1:58AM

    Three words: “Nobody cares anymore!” This was always a tempest in a teapot, a distraction from the more important issues which face Pakistan. Lets give it a rest and focus on other things. Let Haqqani go where he pleases and, please, lets not give Ijaz any more of the attention which he appears to crave so desperately. A more competent and less slimy ambassador now sits in Washington and I’m sure somewhere there are female wrestlers anxious to have Ijaz emcee their event. Plus, the Supreme Court needs to get back to work interfering with the country’s democratic process.


  • Mirza
    Jan 31, 2012 - 2:56AM

    People wanted restoration of PCO judges and SC CJ to solve their problems and provide justice. What has SC done to provide justice to ordinary Paksitanis and the cases rotting in the courts for decades? Right or wrong everybody has a right to criticize the govt, but what are the achievements of high judiciary for which so many people have struggled? Time to do something useful for ordinary citizens.


  • Arsalan khan
    Jan 31, 2012 - 3:18AM

    @Noran Danish:
    Wishing Husain Haqqani to be foreign minister! you are under estimating this “genius”.He is your future PM. And USA will ensure this. Look at the journey of Husain Haqqani : islami jamiat Talaba( that famous student wing of JI ); Nawaz Shareef who made him high comissioner in Sri Lanka; Bay Nazeer; Musharraf And again PPP! He is capable of selling any ideology to ascend up. Sky is his limit. He married Naheed Khan’s sister when Naheed Khan was a big shot. Now he has married Isphahani who is a an important figure in Zardari Regime. Nobody can match his ” skills”.
    Once out of Pakistan, he has plans to rise and rise.


  • Noran danish
    Jan 31, 2012 - 10:11AM

    @Arsalan khan thanks for comments. Yes u r rite. An other interesting thing is appearing in media that the talks in us and taliban is underway to share succession. The name afghan which meant conquerer was taken by abdali. Now a big role of haqqani is required by both usa and taliban and ur words would soon wil come true. Haqqani can play a positive role by being pm and may be more. He would became head of state. As been given a global fame. Taliban and usa both r foreigners there and need a favorite man in pakistan to protect their benefits.. To be a fm is short cut where as to be on top slot it would take few years. Any way u r right. He is future pm very soon and may be more within coming couple of years.Recommend

  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Jan 31, 2012 - 5:44PM

    Nothing is going to happen to Haqanni . Let him go to USA . He will file a suit against the Izaj and will bring a lot of money to Pakistan .


  • Sabahat
    Jan 31, 2012 - 6:53PM

    It would be interesting to see if the findings of the judicial commission are different from that of the parliamentary committee’s investigation. In such an event, whose findings would be considered ‘supreme’ would determine where the real power lies. In principle, parliament is supreme but by hearing the petition on an unsigned memo, and that too when parliament is siezed of the matter, the court has in effect given an impression of ignoring the possible pitfalls ahead. With the success of the lawyers’ movement, it was expected that the judiciary would become truly independent but now the perception is growing that not much has changed. If this trend continues, the issue of civil-military imbalance may not be addressed and democracy remain in the dockRecommend

  • Hasan
    Feb 1, 2012 - 4:03AM

    @Rt. Rev. Wrong:
    Great, another non-lawyer talking legal nonsense. Study (and pass) the law degree and then express a comment please.


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