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Husain Haqqani will be brought back, SC assured

The Supreme Court was assured by the additional attorney general (AAG) on Thursday that all efforts will be made to bring back former ambassador to US Husain Haqqani.
As the Supreme Court began hearing the Memogate case, Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar summoned the secretaries of the interior and foreign ministers, as well as the Federal Investigation Agency director general to appear in court immediately.
When the senior officials appeared in court, the chief justice directed them to furnish a report on Haqqani’s return in one week. The additional attorney general assured the court that all efforts will be made to ensure Haqqani is brought back, adding that Haqqani hurls abuses at Pakistan.
During the hearing, the court inquired from the registrar why the hearing of the case was not held after 2013. Moreover, during the hearing, the recent statement of Haqqani terming the Memogate proceedings a ‘political stunt’ was read out.
The hearing was then adjourned for a week.
The Memogate scandal erupted in 2011 when Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz claimed to have received an ‘anti-army’ memo from Husain Haqqani, the then-Pakistan envoy in Washington DC, for US joint chiefs chairman Admiral Mike Mullen.
Earlier, during the hearing, Chief Justice Nisar inquired from senior advocate Akram Sheikh what he is doing in the courtroom, to which Sheikh responded that he is representing Ijaz, the only witness in the case. However, the chief justice remarked that they are not taking up Ijaz’s role in the case at the moment.
The chief justice also observed during the hearing that they first want to understand the issue.
The bench also includes Justices Ijazul Ahsan and Umar Ata Bandial.