SC wraps up Memogate case

Govt free to pursue the case ahead

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court today wrapped up a prolonged suo motu case related to the all known Memogate scandal that unearthed in 2011 in which the former ambassador to US Hussain Haqqani was accused.

During the hearing of the case, the three member special bench of Judges headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa said the court had nothing to do with this matter and the state was free to pursue the case.

The chief justice also questioned whether Pakistan’s democracy and armed forces were so fragile that they could collapse because of a memo. “Does the state still feel threatened? Thank God, Pakistan’s foundations are strong and we need not worry about such matters,” CJP remarked.

As the hearing went under way, Chief Justice Khosa inquired, “Why have none of the petitioners appeared for the hearing? And if none of the petitioners have showed up then why are we here?”

The additional attorney general told the court, “This case has a lot of sensitive matters.”

Court in its remarks said that state should now decide whether to bring back former ambassador Hussain Haqqani.

The Memogate scandal erupted in 2011, when Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz claimed to have received an ‘anti-army’ memo from Haqqani, the then-Pakistan envoy in Washington DC, for then-US chairman of the joint chiefs of staff Admiral Mike Mullen.