‘Let Haqqani come out with truth on memogate’

Last Updated: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 12:22

Washington: Pakistani-American Businessman
Mansoor Ijaz, whose revelations sparked a storm in Pakistan,
has said that former envoy to the US Husain Haqqani should be
allowed to speak "truth" about the "memogate" controversy, and
be offered immunity from prosecution.

"Haqqani should be offered immunity from prosecution in
Pakistan and simply tell the Pakistani people the truth about
what he -- and his boss -- did.

"He will be seen as a hero for having the guts to call a
spade a spade," Ijaz wrote in an opinion piece on the CNN
website released Wednesday evening.

Ijaz in an opinion piece in The Financial Times, London
had revealed that he delivered a secret memo to Admiral Mike
Mullen, the then Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The memo according to Ijaz was drafted by the then
Pakistani Ambassador to US, Haqqani, on behalf of the Pakistan
President, Asif Ali Zardari; both of whom have denied such a
claim. Haqqani has since resigned pending an investigation on
this issue.

"To some in Pakistan, the memo was the product of an
honorable civil servant (Haqqani) attempting to save his
boss`s government from imminent demise at the hands of
military men he had come to despise.

Ijaz in an opinion piece in The Financial Times, London
had revealed that he delivered a secret memo to Admiral Mike
Mullen, the then Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The memo according to Ijaz was drafted by the then
Pakistani Ambassador to US, Haqqani, on behalf of the Pakistan
President, Asif Ali Zardari; both of whom have denied such a
claim. Haqqani has since resigned pending an investigation on
this issue.

"To some in Pakistan, the memo was the product of an
honorable civil servant (Haqqani) attempting to save his
boss`s government from imminent demise at the hands of
military men he had come to despise.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 12:20

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