Supreme Court constitutes three-member commission to probe into Memogate scandal

The Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Friday declared the contentious memo scandal maintainable and constituted a three-member commission to probe into it.

Chief Justice Balochistan High Court Qazi Faiz Esa will head the commission while Chief Justice Sindh High Court Musheer Alam, Chief Justice Islamabad High Court Iqbal Hameedur Rehman and District and Sessions Judge Islamabad Raja Jawad Abbas would
serve as members.

Whilst the supreme court has directed the commission to complete its investigation in a month period, it has also restrained the central character of scandal, Hussain Haqqani from travelling abroad.

The CJ also directed the registrar to put up in his chamber the replies of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani for an order on Dr Babar Awan holding a press conference.

Baber Awan, in a press conference along with two other PPP ministers, had condemned court’s orders. The Chief Justice termed Baber Awan’s move as disgraceful, however an appropriate order has not yet been given. Iftikhar Choudhry said that an appropriate
order shall be given after a decision in the chamber

The chief justice also ordered Attorney General Maulvi Anwarul Haq to take get the the Blackberry conversation between the from Pakistan Ambassador to USA Hussain Haqqani and the Pakistan born American businessman Mansoor Ejaz and place it before the
commission. The Canadian High Commissioner had been directed to cooperate in securing the Blackberry communication.

The chief justice also made it clear that the court has not attributed anything to Haqqani and is not against anyone.

He also insisted that the court holds the rights to intervene if the state has violated rights in the Memogate case. He further added that the Parliamentary Committee on National Security cannot stop the court from probing into the Memogate scandal.