US assured support to me during Pak visit: Ijaz

Mansoor Ijaz has been asked to appear in Pakistan before a judicial panel probing the memo scandal on January 24.

Islamabad: Controversial Pakistani-American
Mansoor Ijaz on Saturday said he had been assured by the US of its
support during his upcoming visit to Pakistan to testify
before a judicial panel probing the memo scandal.

"I had a conference call with the US State Department a
couple of days ago. The US government will provide the support
that they always do for US citizens," Ijaz told Geo News
channel in an interview in London.

Ijaz, who was issued a visa by the Pakistani mission
in London yesterday, declined to say when he would travel to
Islamabad and repeated his claim that he was receiving threats
from Pakistani officials everyday.

He did not offer any proof to back up his claims.
"They made their official position very clear and I
made my reasons for going very clear. They understand it`s a
high-profile case and they understand I am a reasonably
high-profile American citizen," he said.

"If, God forbid, anything goes wrong they (US
administration) will certainly be there to help my family make
sure that things got sorted out. I am absolutely confident
that the American government will do the right thing if
something went wrong," he said, without explaining what could
go wrong.

Ijaz failed to make a scheduled appearance before a
Supreme Court-appointed commission that is probing the memo
scandal on Monday.

The panel then summoned him to appear before it on
January 24. The controversial businessman created a storm in
Pakistan`s political circles last year when he made public an
alleged memo that sought US help to prevent a feared coup in

He claimed then Pakistani envoy to the US, Husain
Haqqani, has asked him to draft and deliver the memo to the
former US military chief.

The Pakistan government and Haqqani have denied
Ijaz`s claims.

Ijaz told Geo News he had told Haqqani to stop
"telling lies" about him (Ijaz) and he would stop telling "the
truth" about Haqqani, but the former envoy did not "stop".
Ijaz appeared to distrust the Pakistan government`s
stand on providing him security.

"Part of the problem is that you have government
officials that are threatening me on a daily basis. I find
that a little bit strange, that from one corner of their mouth
they are saying that I`m secure and at the same time they are
threatening me too," he claimed.

He said he was more concerned about the security of
his family and businesses. Ijaz praised the judicial
commission for addressing his concerns.

He expressed appreciation for the Pakistan Army, which he
said had agreed to "do certain things that they have not
agreed to do for anybody else and I very much appreciate

Ijaz said there as an "absolute need" to put the
record straight and "then let the course of justice take
whatever course it wants to go".

He said he would take evidence with him to present to
the commission. He added that he did not fear being stopped
from leaving Pakistan through any means after his testimony.

In a related development, Ijaz has reportedly said that a
Pakistani parliamentary committee which too is probing the
memo issue cannot summon him because he is not a Pakistani

Ijaz said his legal adviser is reviewing a summons
he had received from the Parliamentary Committee on National

He claimed he was considering taking up the issue
with the Supreme Court of Pakistan and that he was yet to
decide whether he would appear before the parliamentary
committee, which has summoned him on January 26.