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Pak SC to hear Memo Gate scandal on Dec 19

December 9, 2011 - Islamabad

The Memo Gate scandal will be heard by the Pakistan's Supreme court on December 19.

The scandal had earlier led to the resignation of former Ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani after Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz alleged that Haqqani had used him as a mediator to send a crucial memo to former Chairman of the US Chief of Staff Mike Mullen.

A nine-member larger bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry hearing the case nominated former DG FIA Tariq Saeed Khosa to probe the memo controversy, who had declined to lead the investigation. According to a media report, the Supreme court had contacted retired judge of the apex court Sardar Raza Khan for the slot, The Nation reports.

Retired judge of the apex court Sardar Raza Khan, who is said to have been contacted by the Supreme court for the slot, denied such claims, saying: "Neither the government nor the SC has contacted him on this matter."

In the last hearing, the court had sought a written reply from President Asif Ali Zardari, Haqqani, Ijaz, Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Chief Lt-Gen Shuja Pasha and the Foreign Secretary regarding the case in 15 days. The sources said that almost one week has passed, but the court has not received reply from anyone.


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