ISLAMABAD – The high-powered judicial commission, probing the memogate issue, ruled on Friday that it would record the statement of Mansoor Ijaz through video link on February 22 and directed the government to facilitate the commission in this regard.The commission rejected the application of former ambassador Husain Haqqani, seeking closure of the evidence of Mansoor Ijaz. The head of the judicial commission, Qazi Faez Isa, ruled out the possibility of travelling to London as a whole. Instead, he said that the secretary of the commission, who himself is a senior judicial officer, would visit London and take in possession the BlackBerry handsets and other electronic data to be submitted by Mansoor Ijaz in his evidence.During proceedings, Justice Faez Isa further directed that the testimony of Ijaz would be recorded on a video link from Pakistan High Commission in London and every counsel could cross-examine him from the courtroom of the chief justice, to fulfil the mandate given by the Supreme Court through the order of dated December 30, 2011 and 30th of January 2012.As per the demand of the members of judicial commission, Akram Sheikh, the counsel of Mansoor Ijaz, confirmed that his client would appear before the commission.“My client will appear before the commission in London. In case, if he failed to do so, the commission has full authority to take action against him,” he said, while quoting the affidavit of Mansoor Ijaz.Deputy Attorney General Tariq Mahmood submitted a written reply that his office had written letter to the Canadian company RIM, seeking details of communication between Mansoor Ijaz and Husain Haqqani. He added that couriers’ receipts and the text of the letter would be presented on the next hearing.Another petitioner in the Memogate scandal, Barrister Zafarullah sought an end to the probe, saying Mansoor Ijaz would never appear to record his statement. Zahid Bukhari, the counsel for Husain Haqqani, said Mansoor Ijaz was a proclaimed offender in four cases in the US; despite having the US citizenship, he would definitely avoid to record his statement in the United States. He wondered how the honourable commission could rely on statement of a proclaimed offender.However, Justice Qazi Faez Isa said his statement would be recorded by audio or video link under Article 146. It would solve all the problems.The order was passed despite the fact that the attorney general expressed his reservations about recording Mansoor’s statement through video link citing technical problems.Barrister Zafarullah Khan and Akram Sheikh exchanged harsh words outside the courtroom during a 30-minute break; however, they were separated by media persons before they could harm each other physically.