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Enough of the dilatory tactics

Another lease of life has been given to the memo commission after an earlier two month extension. The three member commission was formed by the Supreme Court during the hearing on the maintainability of the petitions filed by Nawaz Sharif and others in the memo case. The commission was asked to complete its inquiry in one month.

Soon after receiving the notice about the formation of the commission, Mansoor Ijaz, the principle character in the memo affair, wrote a letter to the judicial body saying he was ready to fly to Islamabad while his counsel assured that “he (Ijaz) will arrive here whenever he will be asked by the commission.” The time allotted to the commission expired without it being able to record Ijaz’s statement on account of the latter’s dilatory tactics. Hussain Haqqani, who had already arrived in Pakistan negating claims by a section of the media that he would never return to the country, however expressed fears that he would be murdered if he moved out of the Prime Minister House as he had been branded a ‘traitor’ and a ‘Washington lackey’ by powerful quarters. However, when called by the apex court, he readily presented himself amidst strict security. Mansoor Ijaz, on the other hand, continued to change the dates of his arrival till finally telling the court that he would only record a video statement from Pakistan’s embassy in London. The request was readily granted. At its last sitting, the memo commission hearing rejected a similar request by Haqqani ordering him to reach Pakistan within four days.

A lot of water has flown under the bridges since the memo commission started its hearings. If the idea was to implicate Zardari in the case, the petitioners have failed to establish any link between the memo and the president. Evidence has appeared on the other hand that puts the credibility of Mansoor Ijaz in serious doubt. The ISI chief who was keenly involved in the case has retired. There is a perception that the commission has consumed enough time and should be asked now to come out with its conclusions without further delay.


  1. Any person having an IQ better than a cockroach would clearly see that Mansoor Ijaz was put under tremendous pressure including threats to his life and family from every govt. official and ppp leader including federal ministers. It makes a (intelligent) person wonder why is the govt. trying so hard to keep him from testifying. Do they have something to hide or fear? Do they not want to hear his side of the story to see if there is any truth to it? Haqqani, on the other hand, enjoyed full govt. support including the hospitability of the prime minister's residence. Why? Did someone higher up did not want to annoy haqqani in any way so he does not turn into a witness? He was provided un precedented security for a person who held no (important) position in the govt. any more. What were the reason's behind it? How convenient for haqqani to lose his two blackberry phones and forget his pin at the same time 🙂 Ijaz, on the other hand has given the commission everthing that they asked for (and more). A person would have to have a peanut size brain to not understand whats going on here. Ijaz is telling the truth. haqqani is lying. zardari is guilty.

  2. I wrote a very good response to this article but PT is censoring it and won't post it. Too bad because PT just denied its readers the oppurtunity to look at the same issue from a different perspective.

  3. I am wondering that the Editor would write such a lopsided and grossly misleading editorial, which looks more like a PPP press release than a newspaper editorial.

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