Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Supreme Court issues arrest warrants for Hussain Haqqani

Supreme Court issues arrest warrants for Hussain Haqqani

The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for the country's former envoy to the United States, Husain Haqqani, Dawn reported.

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.

In response, the apex court issued an arrest warrant for Haqqani.

The chief justice said that Hussain Haqqani had assured the apex court of his return but had backtracked from his promise. In this regard, a court notice was issued to Hussain Haqqani and other respondents of the case.

In December 2017, three people had separately lodged FIRs against him for delivering hate speeches and writing books and articles against the Pakistan armed forces.

Haqqani said he did not trust the Pakistani establishment to provide justice on the basis of the fair play, adding that the Supreme Court was an important part of the establishment.

The cases were registered under Sections 120 (b) (hatching a criminal conspiracy) and 121 (a) (waging a war against Pakistan) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

He said, "I have read with mild amusement the Pakistan Supreme Court's claim to have issued worldwide warrants for my arrest for failing to appear before it".

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

The memo had offered greater government cooperation in return for U.S. backing against the powerful military in the immediate aftermath of the May 2 raid which led to the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden.

Later, while reviewing previous progress on the case, the bench had observed that, following his resignation, Haqqani had left the country on the assurance that he would return, but never did.

In 2012, a judicial commission tasked with probing the matter had submitted its report to the apex court, holding Haqqani guilty of authoring the controversial memorandum and adding that the former United States envoy "was not loyal to the country".

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