Islamabad: Pakistan's commission, which is investigating the memogate scandal, on Tuesday summoned Interior Minister Rehman Malik for making “controversial” statements pertaining to the row.
According to reports, the commission met today even as the man behind the memogate scandal, American businessman Mansoor Ijaz refused to come to Pakistan due to the reservations over his security.
During the meeting that took place in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) building, chairman of the commission Justice Qazi Faez Issa made inquiries about Ijaz’s refusal to come to Pakistan.
Justice Issa further remarked that the commission had not issued any directive to dissociate the Interior Ministry from Ijaz’s security.
Ijaz’s counsel, Akram Shaikh, reportedly told the commission that his client was receiving threats from the government machinery. Shaikh said government’s representatives were issuing threatening statements against his client.
Moreover, in a written statement, Ijaz said his arrival could have led to a clash between Pakistan’s state institutions.
Issuing a summon to the Interior Minister, Justice Issa said Rehman Malik was intervening in the commission’s affairs.
With Agency Inputs
First Published: Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 12:51