Ex-Pakistani prime minister seeks US memo players be unmasked
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Islamabad, Jan 9, IRNA -- Pakistani opposition leader and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif Monday called for introducing players behind 'memogate' scandal that centers on a memo allegedly sent last May to then Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The memo was allegedly drafted by former Pakistani ambassador to Washington Hussain Haqqani and asked for help in stopping a possible army coup in Pakistan following the US Navy Seals raid that killed Osama bin Laden.
Haqqani, also a close aide of President Asif Ali Zardari, told a Judicial Commission on Monday that he has no role in the memo.
A Pakistan-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz had claimed that he was asked by Haqqani to deliver the memo to Mike Mullen.
Opposition leader and former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has filed a petition in the Supreme Court, seeking probe into the scandal.
Sharif appeared before the judicial Commission on Monday and later told reporters that the memo was a first such case in the history of Pakistan in which help from the American shad been sought against own army.
“I am not going to blame anyone for it, but, I want to unveil the conspiracy against the country,” he said.
“The secret memo scandal is a conspiracy against country’s integrity and I want all players behind the scandal must be unmasked,” Sharif said.
The former Prime Minister said that he was a petitioner in the memogate and he showed his respect for the commission by appearing before it.
The Judicial Commission instructed the federal government to issue visa to Mansoor Ijaz to come to Pakistan and to appear before it.
The Commission also directed the government to take security measurers for Ijaz on his arrival and during appearance before the Commission.
Attorney General of Pakistan Maulvi Anwarul Haq told the Commission that the Pakistani High Commission in London has been asked to issue visa to Mansoor Ijaz who had applied for visa there.
The Judicial Commission had also issued notices to the Army and Intelligence chiefs to appear before it and submit statement.
The Commission was told that the Army Chief is on foreign visit and that he has already submitted statement in the Supreme Court.
The scandal first appeared in October when Mansoor Ijaz wrote a column in the UK's Financial Times newspaper claiming that Haqqani asked him to send the memo.
He also claimed the note had the support of President Asif Ali Zardari. Presidential spokesman rejected his claim.
Both Haqqani and Zardari have denied the allegations, but Haqqani resigned afterwards under pressure.
Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30757169
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