ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the federation to come prepared on the next date of hearing regarding a petition, which seeks President Asif Ali Zardari should not be allowed to leave the country on expiry of his term, as he wilfully concealed sensitive information from the Armed Forces about the Abbottabad incident.
Imran ul Haq, Deputy Attorney General, appearing on behalf of the federation, informed a two-member bench, comprising Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry, that on Monday last he had got the court notice and needed some time to file para-wise comments.
Justice Ijaz Ahmed asked the counsel there was no need to file the comments, let argue the case. Imran said that he has to get instructions from the authorities regarding the matter.
The petitioner, Shahid Orakzai, objecting to it, pleaded that President Asif Ali Zardari's five-year term is expiring on September 8. He said: "It is feared that President Zardari might leave the country after completion of his term."
Justice Khilji, who was heading the bench, said: "No need to worry about as nothing will happen." Shahid Orakzai in a state of shock said: "I am surprised that why his case is not de-linked from the Memo scam."
Shahid talking to The Nation said there were six petitions filed by the PML-N leaders including the incumbent Prime Minister, the party is now the federation now.
Orakzai asked the court to constitute a separate bench for hearing the petition. He said that his petition is about an inquiry conducted, into the conduct of ex-Ambassador Hussain Haqqani, in the Aiwan-e-Sadr had no common question of law with petitions filed by Mian Nawaz Sharif and party men. He stated that at the time of Abbotabad Operation, Farahnaz Isphani, wife of Hussain Haqqani was Special Assistant to President Zardari.
Haqqani's clandestine efforts to install a new security set up under the political government were exposed by an American businessman Mansoor Ijaz who leaked the memorandum communicated to Admiral Mike Mullen.
Former DG ISI Ahmed Shujja Pasha and ex-Pakistani Ambassdor to US Hussain Haqqani are out of the country.
Meanwhile, the outgoing Turkish Ambassador to Pakistan Mustafa Babür Hizlan Tuesday paid farewell call on President Asif Ali Zardari at Aiwan-e-Sadr. During the meeting Pak-Turkish bilateral relations were discussed.
The President commended the ambassador for his efforts in the promotion of brotherly ties during his tenure between the two countries.
The President also hosted a lunch for the ambassador.