Memogate case: Arrest warrant against former ambassador of Pakistan to the US

Former ambassador of Pakistan to Sri Lanka and the United States

The Supreme Court on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for former ambassador to the United States Hussain Haqqani in the Memogate case.

A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar issued the warrants against the former envoy for violating the oath.

DG FIA Bashir Memon assured the court that he would take all necessary steps to ensure that Hussain Haqqani was brought back to Pakistan. "Interpol has received our request for the red warrant".

The Federal Investigation Agency has reportedly asked Interpol to issue a red notice for Haqqani, who is accused of failing to comply with the court's order and appear before it in the "Memogate" case.

Haqqani responded, accusing the court of persisting with "such antics for local TV news coverage".

Questioning authority of the apex court, the former ambassador said: "Nowhere in the world do Supreme Courts issue warrants, that being a function reserved for trial courts".

Moreover, during the hearing, the recent statement of Haqqani terming the Memogate proceedings a "political stunt" was read out.

The case, first taken to the apex court by then opposition leader Nawaz Sharif, had forced Haqqani's resignation.

In December 2017, three people had separately lodged FIRs against him for delivering hate speeches and writing books and articles against the Pakistan armed forces.

On January 29, while hearing a case related to voting rights of overseas Pakistanis, Chief Justice Nisar had summoned details of the Memogate case.

The cases pertaining to the Memogate were registered under Sections 120b (hatching a criminal conspiracy) and 121a (waging a war against Pakistan) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

The Memogate case is based on a "memo" which Haqqani, who now lives in the United States, allegedly gave to a high-ranking American official in May 2011, seeking U.S. help against possible military intervention.

The Memogate scandal erupted in 2011 when Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz claimed to have received an "anti-army" memo from Haqqani, the then-Pakistan envoy in Washington DC, for USA joint chiefs chairman Admiral Mike Mullen.

The judicial commission inquiry found that the memo was written by the former ambassador and was authentic.

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