Hussain Haqqani repatriation case: New development reported in SC

Hussain Haqqani repatriation case: New development reported in SC

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court Wednesday accepted state request to hear plea regarding repatriation of former Pakistani ambassador to the US Hussain Haqqani in-chamber.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar heard the suo motu notice on Wednesday.

As the hearing started, the chief justice asked the state counsel about the progress made by the government for repatriation of Haqqani.

Responding to chief justice, Ahmer Bilal Sofi, amicus curiae in the case said progress had been made on official level, however, he would able to discuss in-chamber.

The bench while accepting the plea decided to hear the case in chamber.

It is pertinent to mention here that Haqqani is accused of delivering a memo to retired US Navy Admiral Mike Mullen through Mansoor Ijaz in 2011. The memo had allegedly requested the US for its support to the Pakistani civilian government against its military establishment after the May 2 raid.

On January 29 this year, the chief justice, while hearing a case regarding the right of overseas Pakistanis to cast votes in the elections, had summoned details of the Memogate case.

An FIR was registered on March 10 on behalf of FIA, which said: “accused Husain Haqqani during his posting as ambassador of Pakistan in USA (from May 2008 to November 2011) in collaboration with other concerned officers/officials misused his official position, committed cheating, criminal breach of trust and misappropriated approximately $2 million of the national exchequer of Pakistan per year dishonestly and fraudulently.” Subsequently, red warrants were issued for the former ambassador’s arrest.