ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) Thursday disposed off the Memogate case, saying that the government is free to take whatever action it likes as FIR has been registered against Hussain Haqqani.
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa and comprising Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Ijazul Ahsan disposed off the case after none of the petitioners appeared before the court. Former premier Nawaz Sharif, Qaumi Watan Party and several others are petitioners in the case.
The Chief Justice Asif Saed Khosa said that the government has to take action over an FIR and the Supreme Court has nothing to do with the case after registration of the FIR on the recommendation of the commission. The chief justice remarked that if the government to bring back Hussain Haqqani, then the government is free to take action in this regard.
The chief justice wondered that Pakistan state, military and democracy is that much weak, it can be crumble from an alleged memo.
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.
The memo sent by Haqqani allegedly mentioned a possible army coup in Pakistan following the US raid in Abbottabad to kill Osama bin Laden.
It also allegedly sought assistance from the US for the then-Pakistan Peoples Party government for ‘reigning in the military and intelligence agencies’.
In 2012, a judicial commission was tasked to probe the case, and it concluded that the memo was authentic and authored by the former envoy.
The commission said the purpose of the memo was to convince American officials that Pakistan’s civilian government was ‘pro-US’.
The scandal, taken to the Supreme Court by then-opposition leader Nawaz Sharif and several others, led to Haqqani’s resignation and subsequent exit from the country.
On February 1, 2018 the Supreme Court constituted a three-member bench to resume hearing of the controversial Memogate case, and issued a notice to Hussain Haqqani the same day.
Later that month, the apex court issued arrest warrants for the former ambassador. In an attempt to get Haqqani to appear in the court, the Federal Investigation Agency was reported to have approached Interpol on February 15 to issue red warrants for him.