PML-N goes to SC asking for probe into `Memogate’

The apex court should also play its role to safeguard national interests, the petition contended.

Islamabad: In a bid to corner the Pakistani
government over the ‘Memogate’ controversy, the main
opposition party PML-N on Wednesday filed a constitutional petition
in the Supreme Court seeking a probe into the entire incident.

The petition filed by PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif`s lawyer
has named the President, the federal government, the army and
ISI chiefs, and the Foreign Secretary as parties to the case.

The petition also named former envoy to the US Husain Haqqani and Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz, who
made the memo public, as parties to the case.
It referred to Ijaz`s revelations about the memo and asked
the court to direct President Asif Ali Zardari and Haqqani to
explain why they had initially denied his claims.

The apex court should also play its role to safeguard
national interests, the petition contended.

The controversy has already claimed the scalp of Haqqani,
who was forced out of office following his suspected
involvement in a memo handed over to the US, seeking support
for Zardari to avert a military coup after the American raid
in which Osama bin Laden was killed on May 2.

Earlier, addressing a rally in Faisalabad on Sunday, PML-N
chief Nawaz Sharif had warned he would approach the Supreme
Court if the government did not order an inquiry into the
"memogate" controversy within two days.

Senior PML-N leader Khwaja Asif told the media outside the
apex court today that the Army had been targeted in the secret
memo and defence institutions had thus been made party to the

Moreover, media reports had said the ISI chief had been
given some evidence by Mansoor Ijaz and it was important to
bring this material to light, he said.

In a related development, senior PML-N leader Ishaq Dar
called for the convening of a special meeting of the
parliamentary committee on national security to discuss Ijaz`s
revelations and the "memogate" controversy.

He made the demand in a letter sent to Raza Rabbani, the
head of the parliamentary panel.

Dar further demanded that the ISI chief and the Foreign
Secretary should be called to appear before the panel to give
their views on the issue.

Rabbani subsequently convened a meeting of the committee
on November 25.


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