Memogate scandal: Haqqani excuses himself from appearing before commission

Published: April 4, 2012
Lawyer says reason for not appearing before commission are some medical tests scheduled in US. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Lawyer says reason for not appearing before commission are some medical tests scheduled in US. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Husain Haqqani has excused himself from appearing before the judicial commission for the Memogate scandal hearing that was to be held on April 5, Express News reported on Wednesday.

Haqqani’s lawyer, Zahid Bukhari filed a request claiming that his client had to undergo some tests in the US and would therefore be unable to appear before the commission.

Earlier, the  judicial commission probing the Memogate scandal issued notices to respondents in the case to appear before the commission on April 5.

The commission had before that asked the Supreme Court to extend the deadline till March 31, so Haqqani could appear before the bench.

However, the court’s deadline to decide whether Haqqani could appear before the commission via a video link passed, so it set a new date for Haqqani’s appearance.

On March 29, the apex court extended the term of the judicial commission for another six weeks. It observed that though the commission’s probe is of high importance, it should conclude soon.

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  • Moderate Pakistani
    Apr 4, 2012 - 1:58PM

    He would never come :)


  • syed Imran
    Apr 4, 2012 - 2:09PM

    He is guilty and can not make fool of the whole nation.He has done it and thats why shy of appearing. He also doesnt want others to be exposed.


  • Yasser
    Apr 4, 2012 - 2:10PM

    He got golden tips from Mr. Z


  • ijazmir
    Apr 4, 2012 - 2:27PM

    When Zardari leaves Pakistan, he will be back in Pakistan . supreme court cannot do any thing. our courts and system runs like this.This case is NOW under the carpet, with passing time every one will forget about the case.


  • shah
    Apr 4, 2012 - 2:34PM

    Gone for ever :P


  • Spaniard
    Apr 4, 2012 - 2:40PM

    This attitude is damaging us…If our country president call him back and lean himself in front of law then we can stand somewhere…See a criminal hiding from his own country…


  • A. Khan
    Apr 4, 2012 - 3:02PM

    That guy most likely has a green card, why would he come back ?


  • Parvez
    Apr 4, 2012 - 3:04PM

    When he was allowed out of the country only the stupid believed he would come back if called. Our loyal ambassador in the UK is made of the same stuff as Haqqani.Recommend

  • Saad
    Apr 4, 2012 - 3:04PM

    He should stay away. These courts and judges are biased and since they are going to convict him anyway why bother wasting time.

    They go out of the way to provide security to an American stooge like Mansoor Ijaz but put in jeopardy the life sons of soil and patriots like Hussain Haqqani and Yasin Malik.


  • Umar Akbar
    Apr 4, 2012 - 3:07PM

    Who let him go in the first place?


    Apr 4, 2012 - 3:18PM

    To allow him to go abroad was based on gentleman’s promise that he will come back to Pakistan within four days from the receipt of hearing notice. In London too, he failed to tender his Black Berry, and other records as opposed to that the opposite party submitted whatever was demanded by the Court/ and Haqqanis Lawyer. Who is guilty and what is the truth is a matter pending before the SC/Memo Commission.



  • Salman
    Apr 4, 2012 - 4:07PM

    Haqqani is a looser….


  • Not me
    Apr 4, 2012 - 4:10PM

    This was expected. He will never come back to Pakistan to give evidence.
    This is so sad.


  • Jibran
    Apr 4, 2012 - 4:28PM

    This is not a court notice. This is a commission. He has already appeared before the commission and have given an affidavit. Why is he asked to appear again? First, cross examine other actors such as Pasha, Kiyani and then create a case to summon him. Before that the PCO judges should not waste anyone’s time, and nation’s resources.


  • Riaz Khan
    Apr 4, 2012 - 4:37PM

    Wise decision!


  • Apr 4, 2012 - 4:55PM

    He should not come back….


  • ZYZE
    Apr 4, 2012 - 5:10PM

    As every one knows.. there are not much time for this govt left… till the new elections… .. just wait and see.. how many more leave the country……!!! ( looks like all pre planned… that he will go out of country and will not come back.).
    After all , still you can see.. (in the coments here ) three are innocent people , who are in his favour….. this story will never stop… untill … all people will realilze , who is good and who is bad.

    Hope people will realize soon….. otherwise.. will be too late…


  • Ajaz Haque
    Apr 4, 2012 - 5:29PM

    The question is, what does he have to hide?


  • Sajjad Ashraf
    Apr 4, 2012 - 5:40PM

    The man is a cheat – do we need any more proof.


  • Mirza
    Apr 4, 2012 - 6:22PM

    In every case there is a prosecutor, witnesses and neutral judge(s) to meet min standards of justice. In this case the witness is a foreign VIP who the judges are using as prosecutor and treating him like a king who never lied in his life. By accepting the conditions of Ijaz the court has made a new exception in its history. However, they have denied the same to HH. In addition instead of proving HH guilty the court wants HH to help prove him guilty or testify and provide proofs against himself. It is the right of HH not to help the prosecuting judges and let them prove their allegations against him. He is innocent till proven guilty.


  • Apr 4, 2012 - 6:46PM

    Vienna,April 4,2012
    If an unserious busy body can have the privilege of video link
    before the apex court,why not the same privilege for the reputed
    scholar and former Ambassador who should have more credibility?
    The question is that of credibility of one or all of the three parties
    involved.Be sure in any case, the puzzle under solution.
    Taravadu Taranga Trust for Media Monitoring TTTMM India
    –Kulamarva Balakrishna


  • Indian Kashmiri
    Apr 4, 2012 - 7:27PM

    well done Haqani avoid this farce
    the court is biased and has been wasting time and resources
    honestly I wouldn’t trust a cat with mr ijaz


  • Apr 4, 2012 - 7:47PM

    @shah: You got it right for once.


  • Apr 4, 2012 - 7:58PM

    @Spaniard: Is he the only criminal and guilty man in Pakistan?Seead of LET to day challenged USA,say come and get me!What a ‘Nov Tanki nataki ,this nation has become?,jokers are every where,not a dull moment,without this show, what will retired people do?Bollywood has gone stale,Pakistan is the only show in Town,provide entertainment per excellence,Thanks “THE TRIBUNE EXPRESSATEST<bigger than ALI,' Better than Times of India,Hindustan times and boring NYT AND THE GUARDIAN,way to go,you are better than The Dawn,NO more world to conquer,one and only .Hurray!!


  • Apr 4, 2012 - 7:59PM

    @A. Khan: Good thinking,how come Pakistan authority missed it ,beats me?


  • Apr 4, 2012 - 8:01PM

    @Parvez: Why do you blame him? Would you reject a green card if you are offered one,why play dumb?


  • Factsnotfairies
    Apr 4, 2012 - 8:14PM

    Yeah, seeing the sheer number of people shouting for his death without fair trial on this, a liberal news blog, no wonder he is afraid to go back to Pakistan. Having seen a number of his own political allies assassinated in Pakistan (BB, Taseer), I doubt he’s willing to march right back into the fire after that.Recommend

  • Apr 4, 2012 - 8:15PM

    @ZYZE: Is it too early or too late,it DEPENDS, you know?


  • Apr 4, 2012 - 8:16PM

    @Ajaz Haque: 64 million$$ question.Good question,no one before asked,I wonder Why?


  • Apr 4, 2012 - 8:20PM

    @Sajjad Ashraf: WHAT IS THE EVIDENCE?MAN WHAT IS THE EVIDENCE?,ANSWER ME?(LIKE JOHN M”cenrow innocently asked?Are you serious,Answer the question?


  • Cautious
    Apr 4, 2012 - 9:33PM

    No sure whether his actions are conclusive proof of his guilt or conclusive proof that he thinks the process is biased. The Commission would have appeared to be more impartial had it pursued the allegations against the Military as well as the allegations against Haqqani.


  • Parvez
    Apr 5, 2012 - 12:52AM

    @hariharmani: Since you wish to be personal. Yes I did knowingly reject it.
    Do not judge others by your standards.


  • Apr 5, 2012 - 4:56AM

    @Parvez: You are a better man than 99% of the people,even better than me,you learn new thing every day.Sorry if it was personnel and hurtful,it was not meant that way.good day.


  • Apr 5, 2012 - 6:58AM

    There is a reason it is called courts. You try to keep the ball in other court while the people are hung in middle.


  • Parvez
    Apr 5, 2012 - 3:31PM

    @hariharmani: Your honesty is appreciated and I don’t blame you for thinking like you did.
    I do read your comments and appreciate, if not always agree, to the view point you project.
    Cheers and good luck.


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