PML-N moves SC on memogate

Nawaz LeagueISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) filed a constitutional petition in the Supreme Court with regard to the ‘memo controversy’ on Wednesday.

PML-N President Nawaz Sharif filed the petition requesting to summon all the respondents in person including President Asif Ali Zardari, Federation though Secretary Interior, Secretary Foreign Affairs, former ambassador to US Hussain Haqqani, Mansur Ijaz, General Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani, Chief of Army Staff and Lt Gen Ahmad Shuja Pasha and Director General Inter Services Intelligence for explaining the detestable, despicable and the treacherous memorandum.

Advocate Arshad Jadoon filed the petition under article 184(3) of the Constitution, seeking an inquiry into the issue.The PML-N chief prayed that the culprits, who are disloyal to the state as well as people of Pakistan, must be brought to book.He also requested the court to unearth the dreadful conspiracy, which ridiculed and maligned, demoralized and terrorized to destroy the invaluable and valiant Armed Forces of Pakistan to trade away the sovereignty of the country and to barter away the existence and future of Pakistan.

The petition further pleaded that the person responsible or involved in initiating the process of memorandum or authoring it or providing any assistance in the process and the one who approved the act must be identified.“The act in question of the ones, who initiated the memorandum, the ones who rendered any help or assistance in the matter and those who blessed or approved of it are culpable for acts of high treason against the state and constitution,” it added.Nawaz contended in his petition that the memorandum is mutinous, treasonous, shocking, repulsive and harrowing for any patriotic Pakistani.

He said in the petition that an article of Mansur Ijaz was published in Financial Times more than forty days ago but not a single defamation notice was served to the newspaper and others for publishing the story and nor even a protest was lodged by government of Pakistan.Neither Hussain Haqqani nor President Asif Ali Zardari officially lodged protest against the claim of Mansur Ijaz whose claim speaks volumes of the veracity, he added.

He ontended that the memorandum threatened the foundation and future of Pakistan by trading away its sovereignty for petty personal gains. He said that despite his demand no steps have been taken by the competent authority to set up any independent committee or commission to look into the matter.He said that he would have approached the Parliament to take stock of the situation but the fate of the resolutions of the parliament regarding Drone attacks and others compelled him to look towards the Supreme Court. – Nation