Taliban threats: Haqqani can’t return to Pak, Asma tells SC

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s former envoy to the US, Husain Haqqani, cannot return to the country to appear in the Supreme Court as he faces threats to his life, counsel Asma Jahangir informed the supreme Court on Monday.

Haqqani’s lawyer Asma Jahangir informed a nine-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry about the threats to the former envoy’s life.

The bench was hearing a case related to an alleged memo in which Former Pakistan ambassador to US was implicated in the scandal where he allegedly had a memo delivered to Admiral Mike Mullen through Mansoor Ijaz. The memo had offered greater government cooperation in return for US backing against the powerful military in the immediate aftermath of the May 2 raid.

The Chief Justice said the apex court had already made it clear that Haqqani would have to return to participate in the hearing.

He referred to orders issued in the past by the court.

The bench said a meeting had been held in the Interior Ministry on January 26 to discuss the provision of security to Haqqani.

Jahangir said she had no information regarding the meeting in the Interior Ministry and sought an adjournment of the case due to her private visit to Geneva.

Therefore, the court adjourned the hearing till February 12.