ISLAMABAD – The judicial commission tasked with investigating the memo controversy on Wednesday issued notices to President Asif Ali Zardari, Army Chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and PML-N President Mian Nawaz Sharif to appear in person to record their statements.

President’s spokesperson Farhatullah Babar was not available to confirm the receipt of the notice, but a close aide said the president had received the notice.

ISPR Director General General Athar Abbas did not respond to calls made on his cell to confirm whether the Army chief had received the notice or not.

On the other hand, complying with the directions of judicial commission, the government officially approached Research In Motion (RIM), a Canadian Company, on Tuesday requesting a copy of BBM record of contacts between former ambassador Husain Haqqani and Mansoor Ijaz, two main characters of the memogate scandal.

The commission, in its very first meeting held on 1st January in the premises of Islamabad High Court, issued notices to DG Inter-Services Intelligence Shuja Pasha, Mansoor Ijaz, Husain Haqqani, General James Jones and other main respondents in the case to appear before the judicial body on January 9.

Sources say the PML-N president has received the notice and is expected to appear before the three-member commission on January 9.

All respondents including the Army chief, the ISI Chief, the PML-N president and Husain Haqqani had submitted their statements in the Supreme Court last month.

However, President Zardari has yet to file his statement.