Memogate: Husain Haqqani to escape punishment?

Last Updated: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 13:03

Islamabad: Pakistan’s former envoy to the United States Husain Haqqani’s lawyer Zahid Hussain Bukhari has said that his client will escape punishment even if the ongoing Memogate probe establishes a link between him and the memo.

Bukhari has denied that any link exists between Haqqani and the memo, and blamed Pakistan-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz for creating the controversy.

“But I say even if the link is proved, there is still no crime in it. We will then have to ask Mr Shahbaz Sharif and Mr Nawaz Sharif as to what did they say when Gen Musharraf was toppling the PML-N government,” The Dawn quoted Bukhari, as saying.

“We will ask whom did he ask for help at that time and it has to be noted who has not asked for help from the US in our history,” he added.

Bukhari said he would fully cooperate in the commission’s probe into the scandal.

He said the commission would only probe the scandal and forward its findings to the court but was not authorised to punish or convict any person in connection with the probe.

Bukhari pointed out that though the Pakistan Supreme Court had only agreed to the existence of the memo, it has not made any remarks on its status.

Bukhari said the apex court should treat Husain Haqqani and Mansoor Ijaz on equal footing in the ongoing probe into the issue.

Bukhari has replaced Asma Jehangir, who had earlier quit the case over her lack of confidence in the judicial commission, which is set up by the Pakistan Supreme Court to probe the scandal.


First Published: Monday, January 9, 2012 - 13:03

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