SC directs fool proof security for Haqqani on his arrival

ISLAMABAD: Hearing memo case, an eight member larger bench of Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Tuesday directed the concerned authorities to provide foolproof security to former ambassador to US Hussain Haqqani on his arrival in Pakistan, his stay here and his departure.

At the outset of hearing, the court expressed dismay over absence of Interior Secretary, who did not appear despite the court notice. The court stopped hearing and directed the secretary to appear till 11: 30 am, however later the court after consulting the attorney general Irfan Qadir and Asma Jahangir, counsel for Hussain Haqqani, the court did not wait for the secretary’s arrival and ordered the authorities concerned to provide full security to Haqqani on his arrival, during his stay and till his return.

The court also asked Asma Jahangir to participate in security consultations for his client with Islamabad Police Inspector General and Interior Secretary. Asma d Jahangir requested the court to adjourn the hearing till end of general elections, as interior ministry was engaged in it.

The court directed the interior secretary to talk to Haqqani regarding his arrival to Pakistan, his residence and his security concerns, and hold talks with the government and law enforcement agencies on the matter.

Haqqani was implicated in a scam in which he had a delivered a memo to top US Admiral Mike Mullen offering greater cooperation against the Pakistan military in the aftermath of the Abbottabad raid on May 2, 2011. Haqqani had denied any such involvement and resigned in protest.

On last hearing of the case, Asma Jahangir had told the court that her client had sent her a letter which he had sent to the interior ministry. She had submitted that letter in the court. The letter had stated that Haqqani was avoiding travel to Pakistan over security concerns which barred him from appearing in court. In its short order, the court had asked the interior secretary to explain why the ministry had failed to ensure Haqqani’s safe return to Pakistan.

In his letter Haqqani had stated that: “A number of self-appointed guardians of Pakistan’s integrity and ideology have targeted me and routinely send me threatening messages by email, twitter and on phone.”

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