Govt assurances to bring back Hussain Haqqani mere eyewash: CJP

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Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar.— File photo


ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Saqib Nisar Tuesday termed the government’s efforts and assurances to bring former ambassador Hussain Haqqani back for trial in Memogate case mere ‘eyewash’.

While hearing the case today, the CJP inquired about the steps the government is taking to bring back former envoy to face charges against him.

The  memo  in question, delivered to a high-ranking American official allegedly at Haqqani s behest in May 2011, had exposed serious rifts between the PPP government and the army after a US-based businessman brought it to light.

Haqqani, however, had denied having anything to do with the memo.

In 2012, a judicial commission tasked with probing the matter had submitted its report to the apex court, holding Haqqani guilty of authoring the controversial memorandum and adding that the former US envoy “was not loyal to the country”.

The Supreme Court on last Thursday issued an arrest warrant for Husain Haqqani and directed him to appear in the Memogate case, but the he failed to comply with the court orders.

The CJP today expressed discontent at the pace with which the government is proceeding with the case, questioning if it is really interested in bringing him back.

The CJP asked Additional Attorney General, Rana Waqar to gather all the required documents by tomorrow.

The Additional Attorney General assured the CJP that Interpol has been contacted in this regard and there shall soon be a significant headway in the case. NNI