Supreme Court irked by government inaction over Hussain Haqqani arrest

Supreme Court irked by government inaction over Hussain Haqqani arrest

ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court (SC) has expressed dissatisfaction over steps taken by the federal government regarding the repatriation of former ambassador of Pakistan to the United States Husain Haqqani.

The top court summoned Foreign Affairs and Interior secretaries on Wednesday at a court hearing on the Memogate scandal.

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar during the hearing remarked, “We are not satisfied with the progress.”

Additional Attorney General (AAG) Waqar Rana submitted that an FIR has been registered against Haqqani over the misappropriation of funds at the embassy during his tenure.

However, the bench shared its dissatisfaction over the inefficiency of the government to bring Haqqani back to Pakistan and said that they will reach out to Interpol if progress isn’t observed.

On February 15, the apex court issued arrest warrant for Former Pakistan Ambassador to United States Hussain Huqqani in Memogate scandal case.

The DG FIA said that they had issued red warrant of Haqqani in order to bring back the culprit.

Earlier, the court, while hearing the Memogate case on Thursday, asked what measures the government had taken to bring back Husain Haqqani.

The SC was however assured by the additional attorney general (AAG) that all efforts will be made to bring back him to Pakistan.

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.