Tue, 13 Nov 2012 05:51:49 GMT

Pak SC asks govt to clear stand on giving security to ex-envoy

From Rezaul H Laskar
Islamabad, Nov 12 (PTI) Pakistan''s Supreme Court today summoned the Interior Secretary tomorrow to inform it about the government''s position on providing security to former envoy Husain Haqqani so that he could come to the country and record his statement on the Memogate issue.

A nine-judge bench led by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry issued the directive when it resumed hearing the case related to a mysterious memo that allegedly sought US help to stave off a feared military coup in Pakistan after the killing of Osama bin Laden last year.

Haqqani was Pakistan''s envoy to the US when the alleged memo was made public by controversial businessman Mansoor Ijaz.

The bench directed the Interior Secretary to appear in person in the court tomorrow to explain the government''s position on providing security to Haqqani, who is currently in the US.

Haqqani''s lawyer Asma Jahangir told the court that her client had apprehensions about coming to Pakistan due to threats to his life.

The apex court wants Haqqani to come to Pakistan to record a judicial statement.

Replying to a question from the bench regarding an affidavit in which Haqqani had said he would return to Pakistan within four days of being given notice, Jahangir said the situation had changed since she filed the undertaking on behalf of Haqqani.

Jahangir said her client could not remain in Pakistan for long as he had a lot of work abroad. She said if security is provided for his arrival, stay and departure, she would seek instructions from him. .

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