Lahore: The Pakistani judicial commission
investigating the memo scandal has been petitioned by a top
lawyer to summon Inter-Services Intelligence chief Lt Gen
Ahmed Shuja Pasha if key witness Mansoor Ijaz fails to record
his statement before the panel.
Lawyer Zafarullah Khan said in a petition filed yesterday
that Pakistani-American businessman Ijaz, who made the
mysterious memo public, had failed to appear before the
commission on two occasions.
"This reflects that Mr Ijaz is reluctant to appear whereas
the commission has guaranteed security for his life from all
related departments in Pakistan," Khan said.
He requested the commission to close Ijaz`s right to
record his statement, saying he was deliberately wasting the
time of the whole country.
Khan noted that the ISI chief could depose before the
commission regarding the memo as Pasha had met Ijaz in London
on October 22 last year to gather information against the then
Pakistan ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani, the alleged
author of the memo.
"Therefore, the ISI chief should be summoned to depose the
facts conveyed to him by Mansoor Ijaz," Khan said.
The three-judge commission appointed by the Supreme Court
has given Ijaz a final opportunity to depose on February 9.
A parliamentary panel investigating the memo scandal too
has summoned Ijaz on February 10.
Ijaz has refused to come to Pakistan, citing security
concerns despite the government`s assurance that he will be
provided complete security. Though the judicial commission turned down Ijaz`s earlier request to be allowed to depose in London or Zurich, his
lawyer filed a fresh application yesterday that said he should
be allowed to record his statement outside Pakistan.
Lawyer Zafarullah Khan, a leader of the Watan Party, is
one of those who petitioned the apex court to order an
investigation into the alleged memo that sought US help to
stave off a possible military coup in Pakistan after the
killing of Osama bin Laden in May last year.