Memogate: Nawaz government supports Zardari in Supreme Court

Published: September 10, 2013
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President Asif Ali Zardari. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

President Asif Ali Zardari. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Responding to the Supreme Court with reference to the Memogate scandal on Tuesday, the current government defended former president Asif Ali Zardari and his decision to convene a high level meeting to probe former Ambassador of Pakistan to the US, Hussain Haqqani. The questioning at the time was carried out in the presence of the Chief of Army Staff and Deputy General Inter Services Intelligence.

Haqqani was questioned for allegedly sending a memo to a top American military official looking to avoid  a military coup following the Abbottabad incident in which Osama bin Laden was gunned down. Pakistani American businessperson Mansoor Ijaz had alleged that Haqqani was sending a memo against Pakistan army general with the consent of the former president.

One of the petitioners in the current case, Shahid Orakzai had filed an application asking that Zardari’s name be put on the Exit Control List (ECL) so that the former president could not escape from investigations related to the Abbottabad incident.

The federal government in the reply it submitted through the law division today said that the petition was misconceived and “completely against realities”. The government requested that the application be dismissed.

A two-judge bench of the court is scheduled to take this case next week.

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Reader Comments (19)

  • Muaviah
    Sep 10, 2013 - 8:14PM

    Watta – Satta. PML-N Rocks

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  • JJ
    Sep 10, 2013 - 8:32PM

    VOWWWWWWW………. “A friend in need is a friend indeed”

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  • Zara
    Sep 10, 2013 - 8:42PM

    Well Done PML(N) ….now this is seriously ‘sharamnaak’ for pmln and their supporters.

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  • Shamim
    Sep 10, 2013 - 8:46PM

    Another brilliant performance of PML-N Govt.

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  • tanvir
    Sep 10, 2013 - 8:47PM

    muk muka!

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  • Shamim
    Sep 10, 2013 - 8:49PM

    Shameful act of PML-N and now it seems that my vote is vested. People elect PML-N for Accountability not for this.

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  • ABKhan
    Sep 10, 2013 - 8:58PM

    Nawaz, Zardari bhai bhai

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  • Stalin
    Sep 10, 2013 - 9:13PM

    Good work PML-N. Now this shows that parties have matured and learned from their past mistakes.

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  • saif
    Sep 10, 2013 - 9:40PM

    There goes 5 peaceful years for PMLN. Shame on me!

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  • Logic europe
    Sep 10, 2013 - 10:20PM

    Zardrari nawaz bhai bhai is only good for pakistan

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  • Uzair Malik
    Sep 10, 2013 - 10:29PM

    I dont blame them, i point-not a finger or two-a whole hand at the supporters of Nawaz Sharif and party!!!! is that enough or you need some more action? just wait and watch what more this corrupt mafia will come up with in near future….there is no accountability!! Imran khan was right, accept it!!!!

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  • Ishrat salim
    Sep 10, 2013 - 10:30PM

    @Logic europe:
    Law is law and the ex President must face law…..muk muka nahi chale ga….

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  • Uzair Malik
    Sep 10, 2013 - 10:33PM

    I dont blame them, i point-not a finger or two-a whole hand at the supporters of Nawaz Sharif and party!!!! is that enough or you need some more action? just wait and watch what more this corrupt mafia will come up with in near future….there is no accountability!! Imran khan was right, accept it!

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  • Abdullah
    Sep 10, 2013 - 11:10PM

    Politics

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  • logic europe
    Sep 11, 2013 - 12:08AM

    Law seems to be used only against by partial courts Had they something real against zardari they would have put him in jail Let the Supreme Court follow law in case of its chiefs relatives @Ishrat salim:

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  • Dj
    Sep 11, 2013 - 7:25AM

    Wow ET what happened to you overnight? Finally some real unbiased articles.

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  • MA
    Sep 11, 2013 - 3:45PM

    @Shamim:
    if you think people voted PML-N for accountability then you are delusional my friend. When Imran Khan tried to expose the status quo he was ridiculed. Now time is proving him right event after event.

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  • Ishrat salim
    Sep 11, 2013 - 4:30PM

    @logic europe:

    update yourself…Zardari could not be prosecuted during his terms of office, because of immunity as per constitution, but now he can be…and anyone seeking immunity will have to seek same from the SC….during PPP rule, it was PML N govt which was most vocal on this account…? what happened today ? the govt of today, if sincere, should have let the SC decide this case as per law and constitution….

    PML N was a friendly opposition and today PPP….great going pals…you scratch my back, I will scratch yours…muk mukao as PTI exposed much before election…

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