SC court directs govt to bring back Husain Haqqani in 30 days
Islamabad (web desk) : Supreme Court gave one-month deadline to government authorities on Wednesday to bring former Pakistan’s ambassador to USA Hussain Haqqani back to Pakistan.
The directions were issued when a three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar resumed hearing of the Memogate case.
Federal secretaries of Interior and Foreign Affairs appeared before the court in the case hearing today.
Director General of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Bashir Ahmed Memon, who also appeared in the court hearing today, said that the judicial magistrate had handed the FIA the arrest warrants that were issued by the court earlier. He also assured the court that the warrants will be sent to Haqqani’s residence in Karachi and Washington.
Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar warned that the court will not accept any excuse after the deadline has passed. Director General FIA told the CJP that the FIA had to follow a procedure in order to issue red warrants.
In 2012, a judicial body had investigated the Memogate scandal and submitted its report to the apex court, holding Haqqani guilty of authoring an explosive memo and termed his acts disloyalty to the country.
Haqqani is alleged to have written a memo to Adm. Mike Mullen, the top US military officer at the time, offering greater government cooperation in return for helping avert possible dismissal of the civilian government in the wake of the May 2 raid in year 2012, which led to the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden.