Memogate case: Arrest warrant against former ambassador of Pakistan to the US

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The Supreme Court of Pakistan has issued arrest warrant for former ambassador of Pakistan to the US, Husain Haqqani, in connection with 2011 Memogate scandal, according to media reports. A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar issued the warrants against the former envoy for violating the oath.

Former ambassador of Pakistan to the US, Husain Haqqani. Courtesy: ANI news

Hussain Haqqani, said, "Sad that highest court of #Pakistan persists with such antics for local TV news coverage. Such political 'warrants' have not been honored abroad in the past, won't work now."

The Memogate controversy, also Mullen memo controversy, revolves around a memorandum (addressed to Admiral Mike Mullen) ostensibly seeking help of the Obama administration in the wake of the Osama bin Laden raid to avert a military takeover of the civilian government in Pakistan, as well as assisting in a civilian takeover of the government and military apparatus.

The memo was delivered in May 2011; Mansoor Ijaz wrote a Financial Times article in October 2011 bringing initial public attention to the affair. The memo, which at first was questioned to even exist, was published in November, leading to the resignation of Ambassador Haqqani and the continuing Pakistani Supreme Court investigation.

The judicial commission inquiry found that the memo was written by the former ambassador and was authentic.

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