ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court on Monday hearing Husain Haqqani’s application, seeking the court’s permission to record his evidence before the Memo Commission via videoconference, asked Asma Jahangir, counsel of Haqqani, to furnish the Memo Commission’s February 10 order on Tuesday (today).

A 10-member SC bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, heard the former ambassador’s plea against the Commission’s order regarding his personal appearance in Islamabad.

During the hearing, the Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry asked  Asma, counsel for Haqqani: ‘Keep it in your mind that you have made commitment to us to produce Haqqani’.

He also said that the court’s orders should be respected.

Upon this, Asma said she wanted that not only orders of the apex court should be respected but also the laws of the land. Asma Jhangir stated that the Commission is of the view that her client should appear in person before it.

She said her client was neither an accused nor had an FIR been registered against him, but the Commission had still not allowed video conferencing.

The Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry told Asma Jhangir that the court could not interfere in the affairs of Commission. Asma said that Commission had presumed in its February 10 order that it was prohibited by the SC not allowing her client to record his evidence via videoconference.

The Commission’s February 10 order was not attached in the paper book of the case, therefore, the court asked the counsel to provide the Commission’s Feb 10 order in office and adjourned the hearing till Tuesday (today).

Earlier, Naseer Bhutta, counsel for Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz also appeared before the bench and objected to certain words in the application moved by Haqqani and requested that those particular words should be expunged.

The Chief Justice asked him that he might submit an application to that effect.