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Memo-gate: SC gives govt 30 days to bring back Hussain Haqqani

ISLAMABAD -UNS- Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered government authorities to take steps to bring former ambassador to the United States (US) Hussain Haqqani back to Pakistan within 30 days.

The court was hearing a suo motu case regarding the 2011 Memogate scandal.

Director General of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Bashir Ahmed Memon, who appeared before the court today, said that the judicial magistrate had provided the arrest warrants that were issued by the court earlier. He assured the court that the warrants would be sent to Haqqani’s residence in Karachi and Washington.

Chief Justice (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar warned that the SC will not accept any excuses after the deadline’s expiration. Memon told the CJP that they had to follow a procedure in order to issue red warrants.

The FIA chief said that if Haqqani did not return to Pakistan to face the court, he would send a legal notice to the former ambassador through a lawyer in the US.

Memogate scandal
On February 1, the SC had constituted a three-member bench to resume hearings of the controversial Memogate case involving the former ambassador to the US.

The case, first taken to the apex court in 2011 by the then opposition leader Nawaz Sharif, had forced Haqqani’s resignation.

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