Mansoor Ijaz's counsel asks for delay in Memo commission hearings

Advocate Akram Sheikh says he has to travel to the US for a medical check-up, and his presence is vital for the case.

Azam Khan April 15, 2012

ISLAMABAD: After Husain Haqqani, Advocate Akram Sheikh, the counsel for Mansoor Ijaz, the central player of memogate controversy, in a written application has requested the Supreme Court to delay fixing a hearing of Husain Haqqani’s case beyond April 20 given his travel commitments.

The case was being fixed for April 19, Advocate Sheikh’s application said. Within it, he requested the court for taking up the case after April 20 claiming the Chief Justice had granted him general adjournment for all his cases between April 12-20 so that he could travel for a medical check-up abroad. Advocate Sheikh has already left for USA, according to the statement.

The presence of Ijaz’s counsel is vital for the hearing and disposal of Husain Haqqani’s application, who is already in the US after submitting assurances for his return on four days notice either by the Inquiry Commission or the Supreme Court. He has since requested for equal treatment by the court and be allowed to appear via video link.

In his application, Advocate Sheikh explained, “the presence of the counsel for Mansoor Ijaz is essential in order to bring the relevant material on record, certain facts are necessary to be placed and to make submission on behalf Ijaz for just and proper decision of recording the testimony of Haqqani.”

Meanwhile, Haqqani may be subject to punitive action for his absence. The Commission called for a list of all his assets be provided after the the former Pakistan Ambassador to US failed to comply with orders to appear before it, passed on March, 1 and 2, 2012 by the judicial inquiry commission. Haqqani has claimed ill health and threats to his life as obstacles in returning and has instead requested equal treatment from the court, to be allowed to present his testimony via video link, same as Mansoor Ijaz was after the latter too cited security risks in presenting testimony in Pakistan.



Shakeel | 9 years ago | Reply

It is not fair that just an unsigned memo written and delivered by Mansoor Ijaz be the only document to be examined by the courts. That would be like taking half the part from “half truth”. There is no dispute in Mansoor Ijaz claim that he wrote and delivered this memo. The dispute is whether he was a stooge, surrogate and puppet of Hussain Haqqani or not? Considering Mansoor Ijaz’s financial claims and his writings and his Fox News career, he cannot be a puppet for Hussain Haqqani or anybody. If all his writings (that are not disputed) against Pakistan, army and ISI are ignored that would be a great incentive and encouragement for other foreigners to do the same and still be a hero in Pakistan. The patriotic Pakistanis should show their love for their country and take this man on his own writings against the very existence of Pakistan.

Ramzan | 9 years ago | Reply

The role of courts in Pakistan always remained political and stills it today; courts are far more politicized than past. Leaning towards a specific bonapartist party, courts have proved their biasness towards Pakistan Peoples Party. One should not forget the time of 1992 when some goons of a so called national party stormed court in the broad day light. I don’t know, where is our national dignity, where is the justice? When people like Mansoor Ijaz are presented as national savior, they are promoted as loyal to Pakistan, where does the dignity lie? Why we forget, that Mansoor Ijaz is the same person who hate mongered against important institution of the same country. Memo Commission is playing in hands of anti-Pakistan elements. Can any one tell what kind of justice is? Which permits one of the parties all the perks and privileges while denies the rights of other. It is not justice, it is straightaway enmity.

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