The commission probing into the Memogate scandal finalised on Monday its report after 23 days of proceedings and directed its secretary to forward the findings to the Supreme Court.
The scandal started when Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz claimed in May last year of having received a message from then Pakistan’s ambassador to US Husain Haqqani to deliver a confidential memo to Admiral Mike Mullen asking for US assistance against a possible military takeover of the civilian government.
The commission, comprising three provincial chief justices, told a media briefing that its findings had been finalised and secretary Raja Jawad Abbas has been directed to forward the report to the Supreme Court.
The commission also thanked former attorney general of Pakistan Maulvi Anwarul Haq, Deputy Attorney General Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri, legal counsels of both parties and the staff of the Islamabad High Court.
Published In The Express Tribune, June 5th, 2012.
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Memogate served one very useful purpose: it showed the world exactly who is the boss in Pakistan. That’s because an ambassador’s function is to represent his government; the moment he loses its confidence he is removed. The Pakistani military wanted Mr. Haqqani out and he went. So in Pakistan it really is the military who have the final say and elected officials and their appointees are mere functionaries to be removed at their will. No wonder so many legislators don’t do a serious job of serving anything but their own venality, or that the SC is the only institution to try to check the generals and the ISI.