Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Mansoor Ijaz's testimony via video link: Live updates

ISLAMABAD: The proceedings of the Memo Commission to record Mansoor Ijaz's statement have begun.

Secretary Memo Commission Raja Jawad Abbas and Lawyer of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Rashid A Rizvi are at London High Commission while Husain Haqqani's counsel Zahid Bukhari and Mansor Ijaz's lawyer Akram Sheikh are in Pakistan.

The judicial commission is chaired by Chief Justice Baluchistan High Court, Qazi Faiz Isa, while other two members are Chief Justice Sindh High Court, Musheer Alam and Chief Justice Islamabad High Court, Iqbal Hameed-ur-Rehman.

04:35 pm: Memo Commission session adjourned for 30 minutes.

04:27 pm: Contact with Haqqani started on May 3: Mansoor Ijaz

4:18 pm. Mansoor Ijaz provides his and Husain Haqqani's BlackBerry pin.Ijaz also provides Haqqani's email address.

03:26 pm: Mansoor showed his BlackBerry phone set to the commission.

02:55 pm: Mansoor Ijaz said he met former ISI chief Ahsan-ul-Haq in 2003 in Brussels and Pervez Musharraf in 2005 and 2006 in London. Last meeting with Asif Ali Zardari was in 2009. I met ISI chief Shuja Pasha in 2011 in a London hotel, he said.

02:25 pm: Zahid Bukhari requested the bench that he wanted to cross-question Mansoor Ijaz in person so he may be facilitated. The commission asked him to submit application for the same.

02:17 pm: The commission questioned Ijaz whether he can speak Urdu upon which he replied in negative.

02:13 pm: Secretary commission authenticated that the person present is Mansoor Ijaz and showed his passport to the commission.

02:06 pm: Mansoor Ijaz handed over the evidences to secretary commission.

02:04 pm: Attorney General Pakistan Maulvi Anwarul Haq told the commission that BlackBerry company has once again refused to share data.

01:50 pm: Mansoor Ijaz arrived at Pakistan's High Commission in London to testify before the memo commission via video link.

The judicial commission investigating the memogate scandal had consented to videoconferencing after the memogate scandal's prime witness refused to arrive in Pakistan fearing for his life.
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