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Memogate panel report claims Husain Haqqani authored memo

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Jun 12, 2012 at 01:47pm IST

New Delhi: A report submitted in Pakistan's Supreme Court by the judicial commission probing the Memogate scandal has claimed that former envoy to the United States Husain Haqqani had authored the confidential memo.

Pakistan Supreme Court has directed Haqqani to appear before it in two weeks.

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The Supreme Court has issued the notices to all the respondents of memo scandal including Haqqani. It has adjourned the hearing in the memo case for two weeks and directed Haqqani to appear before it by then.

The mysterious memo had sought US help to stave off a possible coup last year.

Haqqani was forced to resign after American businessman Mansoor Ijaz made public the alleged memo in October last year.

Ijaz had alleged that Haqqani had asked him to deliver a secret memo to the US on Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari's behalf seeking US assistance in the event of a coup after al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden was killed.

The report said Haqqani was "not loyal" to Pakistan while serving as the envoy in the US and had sought to undermine the security of the country's nuclear assets, the armed forces, the Inter-Services Intelligence and the Constitution.

The panel further concluded that the alleged memo was authentic and was drafted on Haqqani's instructions.

It concluded that Haqqani had sought US support through the memo and that he had wanted to head a new national security set-up.

The panel further said Haqqani had not accounted for $ 2 million spent from a secret fund of the Pakistani Embassy in Washington.

The apex court adjourned the matter for two weeks and directed Haqqani to appear in person at the next hearing. It also issued notices to all parties involved in the case.

The bench directed authorities to make the judicial commission s report public.

With Additional Inputs from PTI

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