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Wednesday, 7 December 2011

No high treason against Haqqani

 The Lahore High Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition seeking to take action under high treason charges against Hussain Haqqani, Pakistani ambassador to the US, allegedly involved in controversial memo scandal.
Helms Foundation through its counsel Advocate Safdar Shaheen Peerzada submitted that Mr Haqqani did not fulfill the requirements of being patriotic citizen of Pakistan. The counsel pleaded that Mr Haqqani allegedly wrote a confidential memorandum (letter) to former US military Chief Mike Mullen against Pakistan Army and Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) and this was against the sovereignty country.
He stated the letter was written by Mr Haqqani on behalf of the federal government and it had damaged the image of Pakistan, Army and ISI in all over the world.
He said, later, Mr Haqqani handed over this later to Mansor Ijaz, a US based businessman, who forwarded it to Mr Mullen.
Advocate Peerzada submitted that the role and conduct of Mr Haqqani was doubtful in the whole episode. He further submitted the Mr Haqqani had issued visas to American spies like Raymond Devis for his personal interests and his act fall under the Article 6 of constitution.
He prayed the court to direct the federal government to produce the record of Blackberry (cell phone) and laptop used by Mansor Ijaz.
He further prayed the court to sought report from Mr Haqqani about the controversial letter and initiate proceeding against him under high treason charges.
After arguments, Justice Umer Ata Bandial observed ?Government is probing the matter still and Mr Haqqani is also explaining the issue before government.?
The Judge dismissed the petition saying that it will premature to initiate proceeding against anyone involved in the matter.

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