Islamabad: Confusion surrounds
Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz`s visit to
Pakistan to testify before a judicial commission investigating
the memo scandal.
Geo News channel reported yesterday that Ijaz had
decided not to travel to Pakistan to appear before the Supreme
Court-appointed commission on January 16.
It quoted a source close to Ijaz as saying that he had
decided not to travel to Pakistan due to possible security
However, two anchors of Geo News subsequently reported
that Ijaz had spoken to them and said he would come to
Pakistan to testify before the commission.
Ijaz told the anchors that he was under no pressure from
US authorities about his plans to visit Pakistan.
Ijaz said he was committed to appearing before the
commission but refused to set a date for his visit due to
security concerns, the anchors reported.
He also told one of the anchors that he would apply for a
Pakistani visa tomorrow.
Earlier in the day, Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit
told a weekly news briefing that Ijaz had not applied for a
visa at any Pakistani mission so far.
Ijaz, who made public the alleged memo that had sought US
help to stave off a feared military takeover in Pakistan after
the killing of Osama bin Laden last year, is scheduled to
appear before the commission in Islamabad on January 16.
The commission recently ordered the government not to
create any hurdles in issuing a visa to Ijaz.