MIAN DAWOOD

LAHORE–Syed Zahid Hussain Bookhari, counsel for Hussain Haqqani in memogate scandal, on Saturday endorsed the request to summon ISI chief, if the star ‘witness’ Mansoor Ijaz fails to come in Pakistan for recording his statement before the judicial commission.

A petitioner-lawyer in Memogate case Barrister Zafarullah Khan has requested the Judicial Commission to summon ISI chief, if Mansoor Ijaz fails to record his statement and refuse to come in Pakistan.

Barrister Khan, through an application, says Ijaz has failed on three occasions to appear before the Commission, which reflects that he is very reluctant to appear whereas the Commission guaranteed security for his life from all related departments in Pakistan.

He mentioned that luckily there was another witness available for the Commission because ISI chief Ahmad Shuja Pasha met Ijaz in London on Oct 22, 2011 and the latter provided all information to the former he had against then Pakistan ambassador to US Hussain Haqqani, the alleged author of the memo. Barrister Kahn prayed in his application submitted to the Commission that the ISI Chief should be summoned to depose the facts conveyed to him by Mansoor Ijaz.

On the other hand, Advocate Bookhari, who was also the counsel of Raymond Devis, said that Judicial Commission had powers to summon anyone rather he is ISI chief.  “If Commission calls ISI chief Pasha for recording the statement, than it will examine his statement in depth,” Bookhari told The Nation.

However, Advocate Akram Sheikh, counsel of the Mansoor Ijaz, refused to comment over the development.

Meanwhile, the Lahore High Court has been prayed through a writ petition to stop upcoming election Senate. The elections of national and all provincial assemblies were not genuine and held on the basis of fake and unverified votes; stated advocate Feroze Shah Gillani who filed the petition. He pointed out that National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) on July 4, 2011 informed the Supreme Court that there were 37,185998 unverified votes in the voter list available with the election commission of Pakistan. Therefore, the elections of the assemblies based on the existing voters list were not in accordance with the requirements of article 28(3) of the Constitution.

The petitioner-lawyer said due to same reason the SC had to restrain election commission from holding by-elections of national and provincial assemblies scheduled for Feb 20, 2012.  Therefore, it was evident that the elections on the vacant seats of the Senate through assemblies created on the basis of unverified voters will also be against the dictates of the Constitution. He requested to declare the forthcoming Senate election as illegal and unconstitutional and stay the same.