Former Ambassador Hussain Haqqani in hot waters

Former Ambassador Hussain Haqqani in hot waters

ISLAMABAD - Former Ambassador to the United States Hussain Haqqani lands into trouble as the Chief Justice of Pakistan has fixed August 30 to hear memogate scandal.

A three member bench headed by the CJP will hear the case, notice have been issued to the concerned authorities in this regard.

Earlier on August 07, the special assistant to Supreme Court in Memogate Case Ahmer Bilal presented the legal draft to bring back Hussain Haqqani saying he could not be repatriated through Interpol.

During the hearing of the case by a three-member bench headed by CJ Saqib Nisar, an international law expert and former federal law minister Ahmer Bilal Soofi as amicus curiae (friend of the court) in the Memogate case has presented the legal draft.

He informed the court that Haqqani could not be brought back to Pakistan through Interpol Red Warrant as there was no agreement between Pakistan and US over the exchange of criminals.

On which CJ asked can it not possible to bring back on SC request, Bilal told the court it was not possible and foreign office has already informed the situation.

He informed the court that the case of embezzlement in Pakistan foreign office can the alone reason for bringing him back, however, there is a need for legislation in this connection.

Apex court directed the Bilal to submit his recommendation to Attorney General and adjourned the hearing for an unlimited period.

The memo case is pending before the apex court since 2012 when Justice Qazi Isa-led three-member commission had submitted its report to the Supreme Court but the case could not be pursued because of Haqqani’s absence. He had committed to come back and face the charges but never returned.

The commission report, which has not yet been discussed by the apex court, was a complete charge sheet against the former ambassador of the last PPP government. As against the perception created by some that Memogate had no grounds, the commission found it as act of disloyalty to Pakistan.