Supreme Court of Pakistan has issued arrest warrants for former Pakistani ambassador to United States-Hussain Haqqani-in Memogate scandal case today. 

On January 29, the Supreme Court moved to resume the Memogate case as the Chief Justice of Pakistan said they will summon Husain Haqqani to face the charges against him.

This development came as a three-judge bench headed by CJP Mian Saqib Nisar heard the petitions for granting right of vote to overseas Pakistanis in the upcoming general elections 2018.

The National Database Registration Authority (Nadra) informed the court that software enabling the overseas Pakistanis to cast their votes would be ready by April.

The bench granted 10 weeks time to Nadra for preparing software so that the overseas Pakistanis could also cast votes in the elections.

However, Justice Saqib questioned whether people like Husain Haqqani , former Pakistani ambassador to Washington, who claims to be a Pakistani but have stakes somewhere else, should be given the right of vote.

“Haqqani left his case. Why should we not issue him a notice to appear before the court so that he could face allegations in the Memogate scandal?” remarked the chief justice, and sought his file from the registrar office.

The Memogate controversy revolves around a memorandum allegedly drafted by Ambassador Haqqani at the behest of President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari and addressed to US Admiral Mike Mullen.

It ostensibly sought help of the Obama administration in the wake of the Osama bin Laden raid to avert a military takeover of the civilian government in Pakistan, as well as assisting in a civilian takeover of the government and military apparatus.

On January 3, 2013,  Haqqani left the country with the commitment to come back on a four-day notice and the court had allowed him to go abroad. He, however, did not return to the country and breached his commitment with the court. On June 4, 2013, the court had directed the executive to bring him back.

Additional Attorney General Waqar Rana representing the secretaries and the DG FIA submitted that as the case was taken up after a long time, therefore, he could not say anything what had happened in the past but from now onwards, all measures will be taken to bring Haqqani back from the US. He said that a meeting in this regard will be held at the highest level, deliberating the measures to bring him back.

Meanwhile, Barrister Zafarullah, a petitioner, brought into the notice of the chief justice a new item that appeared in a section of the press and produced cuttings of the news story. According to the news report, Husain Haqqani has dismissed reports about reopening of the infamous Memogate case terming it a ‘political gimmick’ on part of the Supreme Court.

“I will not come to Pakistan on the insistence of Baba Rehmatay [chief justice],” the petitioner quoted Haqqani as saying.

Waqar Rana told the court that Haqqani frequently ridicules the courts of the country. The chief justice, however, said that he would not react to the remarks made by the former ambassador, but the Memogate matter would be pursued diligently as it concerned the country’s honour.

The court also dismissed Haqqani’s review petitions against the Supreme Court order to form a commission to probe the Memogate scam.