Memogate Case: SC Says FIA Has Contacted Interpol On Husain Haqqani Case
On Thursday, the Supreme Court was informed that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has contacted Interpol for the case of the former ambassador to the United States, Husain Haqqani.
A three-judge counsel, which was led by Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard a suo motu case which involved the implementation of the 2011 Memogate scandal.
Senior legal expert, Ahmer Bilal Soofi, informed the bench that the FIA has submitted a challan in the special court against Haqqani, during the hearing.
“FIA has contacted Interpol and permanent warrants have been issued for Haqqani,” he added.
Soofi further said, “The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has granted FIA authority and a progress report will be submitted during the next hearing.”
However, Justice Nisar stressed on completing the case before he leaves court. Regardless, the hearing of the case was then postponed an indefinite period.
What is the Memogate Scandal?
The Memogate scandal took place in the year 2011, when Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz declaired to receive an ‘anti-army’ note from Haqqani, who was the then-Pakistan envoy in Washington DC, for then-US chairman of the joint chiefs of staff Admiral Mike Mullen.
The memo sent by Haqqani claimed that army coup in Pakistan was following the US raid in Abbottabad to kill terrorist Osama bin Laden.
It was also claimed to sought assistance from the US for the then-Pakistan Peoples Party government for ‘reigning in the military and intelligence agencies’.
In 2012, a judicial counsel was given the task to investigate the case, and it concluded the authenticity of the memo, and revealed that it authored by the former envoy.
The commission then explained that the purpose of the memo was to convince American officials that Pakistan’s civilian government was ‘pro-US’.
The scandal which was taken to the Supreme Court by then-opposition leader Nawaz Sharif and several others, managed to lead to Haqqani’s resignation and exit from the country.
Resurrection of the Case in 2018
On February 1 2018, the Supreme Court created a three-member bench to resume the hearing of the controversial Memogate case, and issued a notice to Hussain Haqqani on the exact same day.
Later on February, the court issued arrest warrants for the former ambassador. However, in the attempt to summon Haqqani to the court, Federal Investigation Agency was reported to have approached Interpol on February 15 to issue red warrants for him.