Countdown for the curtains to fall on the biggest circus act has begun. The act initiated after an allegedly treasonous memo involving the Americans. A memo co-authored by the envoy of a country, allegedly with the consent of his Head of State, and above all, involved a conflict between de jure civilian rulers and de facto military rulers. All the details, facts and fiction packaged and processed together result in the Memogate mania of Pakistan.
The issue came into limelight after a memo was released by Mansoor Ijaz, an American based Pakistani businessman who claimed that he assisted former Pakistani ambassador to US, Husain Haqqani in delivering a message to Admiral Mike Mullen demanding the military establishment of Pakistan to shun its plan of a feared military takeover. The memo was sent as an indirect request from President Zardari who at that time feared a military coup and needed an American fist on his army chief’s desk to waive off any misguided notions of sending his government back home.
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As always, probing of this national security matter that heightened tensions between Pakistan’s government and its military began with the formation of a commission. And after months of investigation the judicial commission finally submitted its report claiming that former envoy, Mr. Haqqani, has authored the confidential memo.
However, even with preliminary judgments out, there are serious concerns being voiced regarding the credibility of the decision made by the commission and submitted in the apex court of the country. Out of all other it is Mr. Haqqani himself who has dubbed memo proceedings as biased. While tweeting on the micro blogging website Twitter he said:
One-sided proceedings of Commission that refused to hear me will be challenged by my lawyers.— Husain Haqqani (@husainhaqqani) June 12, 2012
In one of his tweets he also rejected the report presented by the commission saying:
Commission is not a court and those claiming it has determined guilt or innocence are wrong.— Husain Haqqani (@husainhaqqani) June 12, 2012
All people want to know at this stage of time is whether after the commission report will he make it back to Pakistan or not. It is important to mention here that throughout the whole incident details regarding the whole affair have been extremely sketchy. Needless to mention, the king of confusion, Mansoor Ijaz whose performance as the star witness was so underwhelming that it completely evaporated the possibility of Mr. Haqqani facing any serious legal jeopardy. Mr. Ijaz’s penchant for making an outrageous claim one day and then self-contradicting its veracity the next reduced his credibility to the point of nothingness.
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With the arrival of the commission report opinions and analysis are pooling in from all sides. However, a perspective that cannot be sidelined is that Mr. Haqqani being the political chameleon he has always been, he will try to capitalize the report as a means of gathering sympathy at least from the people – especially those which follow him on Twitter.
At the same time possibility of a bigger undercover game being played between the top guns of judicial and military institutions of the country remains an obscured reality.