Pakistan approaches Interpol for arrest of Hussain Haqqani

Pakistan approaches Interpol for arrest of Hussain Haqqani

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s former Ambassador to United States Hussain Haqqani lands into serious troubles as Pakistan has approached the Interpol for the arrest of the self exiled diplomat who is wanted in Pakistan in the Memogate scandal being heard in the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

FIA has approached the Interpol for the red warrants of the Hussain Haqqani so as he could be brought back to Pakistan.

The Supreme Court issued on Thursday arrest warrants for the production of former ambassador of Pakistan to the US, Husain Haqqani.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar is hearing the Memogate case against the US-based former envoy.

As the hearing of the case went under way, the three-member bench was informed by Federal Investigation Agency Director General Bashir Memon that they have written to Interpol to issue red warrants against Haqqani.

At the last hearing of the case on February 8, the Supreme Court was assured by the additional attorney general (AAG) that all efforts will be made to bring back Haqqani.

Moreover, the apex court had directed secretaries of the interior and foreign ministers, as well as the FIA chief, to furnish a report on Haqqani's return in one week.

Moreover, during the hearing, the recent statement of Haqqani terming the Memogate proceedings a 'political stunt' was read out.

The Memogate scandal erupted in 2011 when Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz claimed to have received an 'anti-army' memo from Husain Haqqani, the then-Pakistan envoy in Washington DC, for US joint chiefs chairman Admiral Mike Mullen.

On January 29, while hearing a case related to voting rights of overseas Pakistanis, Chief Justice Nisar had summoned details of the Memogate case.

In a statement reported on Feb 5, Haqqani said there were four chief justices after chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry but none touched the case, adding that six years ago a nine-member bench had heard the case and wondered why just a three-member bench is taking it up now.

"It has been six years since I submitted a review petition to correct legal mistakes in the case. Will the court hear this case too?" he wondered.

Moreover, in a likely reference to Chief Justice Nisar, Haqqani claimed he will not come to Pakistan on "Baba Rehamtay's" direction, as his orders do not extend beyond Pakistan.