Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has contacted Interpol to issue a warrant of arrest for former ambassador to the United States, Hussain Haqqani,after he failed to appear in court in connection with the Memogate case, Pakistan’s Today reported.
According to the report, Haqqani was summoned to appear in court on February 15 but he failed to do so. Haqqani reportedly lives in the US.
In December last year, three people lodged complaints against Haqqani for delivering hate speeches and writing books and articles against the armed forces and the ‘sovereignty of Pakistan’.
The complainants alleged Haqqani was responsible for the Memogate scandal and issued visas to CIA and Indian agents while serving as Pakistani ambassador to the US.
They also claimed Haqqani had defamed Pakistan in his books, “which proves that he is a traitor”.
Haqqani meanwhile described the Supreme Court order for his arrest as “propaganda antics”, Dawn News reported.
In a statement issued by Haqqani, he said: “It is time for Pakistan to stop protecting internationally recognized terrorists such as Hafiz Saeed, Dawood Ibrahim, Siraj Haqqani and Masood Azhar instead of using legal devices for domestic propaganda against dissidents and political critics.”
Pakistan’s Today reported the Memogate scandal erupted in 2011 when Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz claimed to have received an ‘anti-army’ memo from Haqqani for the then-US joint chiefs chairman Admiral Mike Mullen.
In this regard, a court notice has already been issued to Haqqani and other respondents of the case — including former prime minister Nawaz Sharif. The scandal, taken to the Supreme Court by then opposition leader Nawaz Sharif, led to Haqqani’s resignation, Pakistan’s Today reported.