Supreme Court has ordered the Federal Interior Ministry and IG Islamabad Police to take security measures regarding Hussain Haqqani’s stay in Pakistan while the apex court hears the Memo-gate Scandal Case.
An eight-member larger bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary heard the Case on Tuesday.
Asma Jahangir and Attorney General Irfan Qadir appeared before the court. Irfan Qadir told the court that he had sent the court’s order to the Federal Interior Ministry, after which the Ministry wrote a letter to Asma Jahangir. At this, the Chief Justice noted that Secretary Interior has no prerogative to do that.
Afterwards, Asma Jahangir said that she has to go to Taiwan so the case might be heard after the general elections. However, the court refused the request and adjourned the hearing till March 11.
Meanwhile according to a private TV channel, Haqqani had written a letter to the interior secretary regarding the arrangements made for his security in Pakistan. He had fled the country after being implicated in the Memogate case and refused to return citing security threats.
In his letter Haqqani accused Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan and Awami Muslim League leader Sheikh Rashid Ahmed for inciting their “supporters in jihadist terrorist organisations” against him.
In his letter, Haqqani stated that Imran, “who claims to speak for Pakistan’s establishment”, has publicly declared him a traitor while Sheikh Rashid called him “ghaddar ibne ghaddar” on national television.
He accused Imran and Sheikh Rashid for sharing the “public stage with groups and leaders described internationally as terrorists”.
“Their pronouncements are, therefore, seen as potential incitement to their supporters in jihadist terrorist organisations to eliminate me as a voice for a liberal and tolerant Pakistan and for Pakistan’s continued alliance with the United States of America,” Haqqani maintained.
He questioned why the elements responsible for ‘demonising’ him have not been rebuked by a judicial authority or investigated by the executive “so that their followers may no longer pose a threat to my person based on false assumptions”.