Memogate hearing: Haqqani pleads for video conferencing

The chief justice remarked that the court could not interfere with the commission’s proceedings.

Our Correspondent April 23, 2012

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Monday deferred its hearing for Tuesday on a plea of Husain Haqqani, Pakistan’s former ambassador to the US, seeking its direction for the judicial commission investigating the memo scandal to record his statement via video conferencing. 

A 10-memebr bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, adjourned the hearing after Haqqani’s counsel Asma Jehangir requested to place certain documents on record. Asma acknowledged that Haqqani had been directed to record his statement in person. However, she claimed that her client was neither an accused nor had an FIR registered against him, but the commission had still not allowed him the facility of video conferencing, assuming that the SC had somehow prohibited Haqqani from recording his statement from abroad.

The chief justice remarked that the court could not interfere with the commission’s proceedings.

Asma sought similar treatment for her client, in line with what was extended to Mansoor Ijaz, the main eyewitness and the alleged deliverer of a confidential memo that sparked the memogate scandal. Ijaz was given the opportunity to record his video statement from London.

Asma Jehangir will further argue Haqqani’s case on Tuesday. The court asked her to advise her client to respect the court’s judgment. She told the court that she always asked her clients to respect the law.


O. B. Server | 9 years ago | Reply

@Umer (1) Your cricketers committed the crime in England hence had to face English law. Mansoor Ijaz reluctance to come to Pakistan was security as well as possibility of being slapped with a false charge! (2) The Commision is only holding an get at the truth. No one has been charged with any crime yet. HH is expected/required to fully cooperate with the Commission Pakistan in order to clear his name.

Umer | 9 years ago | Reply

@Babu Khan:

Mansoor Ijaz is a US citizen. His appearing before a court of law is a voluntary act

Not correct. Our cricketers were not British but they had to appear before British courts. If Mansoor Ijaz did not appear in front of the Pakistani then court did not have to take up his case.

When courts are lame or biased then no excuse can cover for that.

the courts have no jurisdiction over Mansoor Ijaz

Then court can not take up his case without jurisdiction. You can have it both ways.

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