Alleged Meet With Raw Chief

Alleged Meet With Raw Chief

17 March 2012
Greater Kashmir


Srinagar: Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Yasin Malik, Saturday approached Supreme Court of Pakistan seeking permission to depose before the commission appointed by it for probing the memogate. The move comes after Ijaz Mansoor, who is at the centre of the memogate controversy, revealed before the commission that he had arranged a meeting between Malik and India’s Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) chief CD Sahay at the behest of United States. Malik through his counsel, Zaffar Ahmad Shah, has written a letter to Chief Justice of Pakistan to give him permission to depose before the three-member panel appointed by the Supreme Court for probing the controversy. “In order to keep the record straight, inform the world at large, in particular people of the sub-continent and to prevent pernicious maligning of my client, my client wishes to voluntarily depose before the commission to enable the people and the commission to know the truth itself. My client cannot state all the facts in this communication, as it is neither advisable nor in public interest to do so. He would, however, like to make free, fair and truthful statement before the commission, which will, I am sure, go a long way in finding answers to the questions forming subject matter of reference,” the letter reads. The counsel writes that the “calculated mischief created by Mansoor” has deeply hurt Malik. Pertinently, during cross-examination by counsel for former Ambassador Hussain Haqqani, Ijaz admitted to have arranged meeting between Malik and Sahay. The memogate revolves around a memo 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. It came to fore after Ijaz, an extremely wealthy US businessman of Pakistani ancestry, published an article in the Financial Times against Pakistan’s intelligence service and alleging that senior Pakistan officials had asked him to deliver a memo to the Pentagon seeking US assistance in undermining Pakistan’s military and intelligence service. Central actors in the plot include Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz, who alleged that former Pakistan Ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani asked him to deliver a confidential memo asking for US assistance. The memo is alleged to have been drafted by Haqqani at the behest of President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari.