Zardari `will respect` Parliament probe in Memogate

Last Updated: Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 14:38

Islamabad: Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has said he will respect the decision of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) regarding `memo scandal` as he considers the Parliament is supreme, Geo News reported.

Pakistani American businessman Mansoor Ijaz claims to have delivered a memo to the then US military chief General Mike Mullen last May at the behest of the then Pakistan ambassador to US Husain Haqqani and the government to avert a likely military coup.

The incident being described as a `memogate` or memo scandal is generating a lot of heat in Pakistan.

A 17-member parliamentary panel -- PCNS -- is investigating the memo allegedly sent to US authorities that Zardari feared a coup after Osama bin Laden`s May 02 killing at Abbottabad near Islamabad.

Former Pakistani ambassador Husain Haqqani quit in November over the secret memo.

Also, a three-member judicial commission headed by Balochistan High Court Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa is probing the scandal.

It has summoned President Asif Ali Zardari, Pakistah Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, Director General of Inter-Services Intelligence Ahmed Shuja Pasha, and Husain Haqqani, among others, at its next hearing on January 09.

Zardari also said he was not afraid of early elections and was ready to talk to Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif for this, Geo News quoted the Pakistan President as saying in the interview to be aired on Saturday.

IANS



First Published: Saturday, January 7, 2012 - 14:37

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