If the following version of events is true, then this is either a case of dishonest representation or dishonest advice by Ambassador Husain Haqqani. It was a shocking error of judgement to engage with and get entrapped by someone as unscrupulous as Mansoor Ijaz. If Mr. Haqqani did not seek elected government’s prior approval for such a risky endeavour, then he violated his job description, and in doing so put the nascent democracy at unnecessary perils. The memogate scandal is a vivid evidence of poor conception and poor enactment of a misadventure by Mr. Haqqani. In such case, the PPP and the elected government must expressly dissociate themselves from Mr. Haqqani’s actions. Mr. Haqqani too must consider gracefully resigning his post instead of creating further embarrassment for the PPP and the elected government. Overall, the memogate scandal reminds us that the delicate civil-military imbalance in Pakistan cannot be improved via risky short-cuts (such as the alleged memo), but it is the successful completion of various cycles of democracy that can inject some balance between elected government and military establishment. Such alleged misadventures also provide the right wing and hyper-nationalist Ghairat Brigade with ammunition to tarnish and defame the democratic government.
US businessman of Pakistani origin Mansoor Ijaz on Sunday said that Director General Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) Shuja Pasha had forensically tested the evidence connected to the controversial memo, and deemed it legitimate on his London visit. Speaking exclusively in Express News’ show Baat-se-Baat, Ijaz claimed to have met General Pasha in London and provided him the evidence regarding the secret controversial memo by Haqqani, including phone (BlackBerry messenger) records. He said it was irrefutable evidence since it was in his phone and forensically tested by General Pasha.
Ijaz also ruled out reports that there was some understanding between President Asif Ali Zardari and Ambassador Husain Haqqani regarding the memo, saying the President had no knowledge of any such document. He claimed that Zardari might have spoken to Haqqani after the May raid about the pressure on him, hence asking the latter to help him out in this regard, leaving the mechanics on how Haqqani went about it to the US ambassador.
Ijaz hit out at Haqqani on challenging the authenticity of the memo and ruled out any missing links in the memo-authenticity chain. He said that he was an ‘ultra wealthy’ individual who handles his own investments and would sue anyone for slandering against him using the best of lawyers from London, New York and Switzerland.