Malik calls on Pak’s SC on Ijaz’s ‘memogate’ statement
Ijaz alleged Malik had met India’s intelligence chief on the insistence of the US
Pakistan’s Supreme Court investigating the “memogate” scandal has an unusual request from Kashmir. In a significant development, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik has, through his counsel, shot a letter to Pakistan’s Chief Justice seeking an opportunity to respond to the statement made by Mansoor Ijaz before the SC’s Commission in which Ijaz has alleged Malik of meeting India’s premier intelligence agency RAW on US’ insistence.
“Having come to know about the said statement, my client (Malik) was pained. He (Malik) feels cleverly calculated mischief in the statement of Mr Aijaz Mansoor,” reads a letter sent to Pakistan’s Chief Justice by Malik’s counsel Zaffar A Shah.
Ijaz, a US businessman, who is at the centre of the memogate controversy, had blamed President Asif Ali Zardari in a secret memo addressed to the then Admiral Mike Mullen allegedly seeking US help to prevent the army’s takeover of the civilian government in Pakistan following a raid that killed Osama bin Laden in May last year.
Ijaz, according to the letter, a copy of which is with Tehelka, had named Malik during the course of his cross-examination and “stated that my client (Malik), at the instance of Government of United States had met the then Chief of Indian Intelligence (RAW – Research and Analytical Wing, an Intelligence Organization).”
The letter states that Malik holds “relevant information” and wishes to “depose” before the Commission investigating the controversy in order to “assist the Commission in arriving at truth.”
“Apart from the facts to be revealed during the course of deposition before the Commission my client (Malik) considers it appropriate to state that previously also an attempt was made by the said person (Ijaz) to show my client (Malik) in poor light,” the letter reads.
The controversy has already cost Zardari’s close aide and former Pakistani ambassador to US Hussain Haqqani his job. Ijaz had allegedly drafted the memo on the basis of Haqqani’s instructions.
It further reads: “Under the laws governing proceedings of the Commission, the Commission is required to hear every such person whose testimony is likely to assist the Commission.”
To prevent what it says is a “pernicious maligning”, Malik has sought to depose “voluntary” before the Commission.
The letter further says, “It will be another landmark in the working of judicial system if my client (Malik) is granted opportunity which will only go to show that the arm of law will reach any nook and corner of the world, intended to ascertain the truth—we all believe in as true Muslims.”
Baba Umar is a Correspondent with Tehelka.