SC to hold in-camera proceedings of Memogate case


ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday decided to hold in-camera proceedings of the Memogate case.

“Has there been any development on Husain Haqqani’s return?” asked Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar as the proceedings began.

Ahmed Bilal Sufi, an amicus in the case, responded that “developments have been made, will inform the court in an in-camera hearing”. The court then accepted the amicus’ application to hold in-camera proceedings in the case and adjourned the hearing for an indefinite time.

The apex court in February issued warrants for the arrest of former ambassador to the United States Hussain Haqqani in the Memogate case.

Additional Attorney General Waqar Rana had submitted a report suggesting ways for bringing Haqqani back to Pakistan. He had said that American authorities also had been contacted in this regard.

Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Director General Bashir Memon had also informed the court that, “A request has also been sent to Interpol regarding the issuance of a red warrant.”

Haqqani was implicated in the Memogate case when he allegedly had a memo delivered to Admiral Mike Mullen through Mansoor Ijaz. The memo had offered greater government cooperation in return for US backing against the powerful military in the immediate aftermath of the May 2 raid which led to the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden. Earlier, Haqqani had dismissed reports of the infamous Memogate case being reopened as a “political gimmick” on part of the apex court.