Haqqani indeed wrote secret memo to US: Probe panel (Lead)

June 12th, 2012 - 4:36 pm ICT by IANS  

Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry Islamabad, June 12 (IANS) A secret memo that Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari feared a coup after Osama’s killing was “real” and was written by Husain Haqqani, said a probe panel report submitted to the Supreme Court Tuesday. Pakistan’s former envoy to the US was quick to tweet that this “will be challenged by my lawyers”.

The “memogate” commission’s report was submitted to a nine-judge larger bench of the apex court, reported Geo News.

The report also said Haqqani was not loyal to his country as he was living abroad.

Minutes after the probe panel’s report was out, Haqqani tweeted: “One-sided proceedings of Commission that refused to hear me will be challenged by my lawyers.”

The Supreme Court-appointed commission probed Pakistani American businessman Mansoor Ijaz’s claim that he last year delivered a secret memo to then US joint chiefs chairman Admiral Mike Mullen at the behest of Haqqani and the Pakistani government.

The memo said that Zardari feared a coup after Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed last May by US commandos at his hideout at Abbottabad, indie Pakistan. The existence of the memo triggered a scandal and cost Haqqani his job.

The bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, was constituted Monday after the commission submitted its report in a sealed envelope.

The alleged memo was real and was written by Haqqani who sought US support through the memo, Geo News reported, citing the report.

Haqqani was summoned to appear at the next hearing and the case was adjourned for two weeks.

In another tweet, Haqqani wrote: “Those who endorsed military dictators & allowed them 2 amend constitution cannot judge my - or anyone else’s - patriotism.”

Barely two minutes later, he tweeted: “Patriotism cannot be judged by those who bend over backwards 4 a foreign accuser but dont even hear Pakistani citizen’s version.”

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