Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Ijaz Recorded His Statement Via Video Link From London
Mansoor Ijaz, the protagonist of Memo scandal, Wednesday recorded his statement via video link from London with the Judicial Commission (JC) probing the issue and presented the stock of evidence in his possession to corroborate his claims, a private News channel reported.
During today's session, Mansoor Ijaz handed over to the JC a 29-page testimony along with a number of evidence including his BlackBerry, PIN, phone numbers, emails, code words, documents and other key information in connection with writing of the memo and its delivery to Admiral Mike Mullen through James Jones.
He also provided details of his meetings with DG ISI Ahmed Shuja Pasha and former Ambassador to the US Hussain Haqqani.
The proceedings were held in Pakistan High Commission in London with a video-conferencing facility in the presence of Secretary Memo Commission Raja Jawad Abbas and Lawyer of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Rashid A Rizvi.
Husain Haqqani's counsel Zahid Bukhari and Mansoor Ijaz's lawyer Akram Sheikh participated in the proceedings from Pakistan.
The Judicial Commission was chaired by Chief Justice Baluchistan High Court, Qazi Faiz Isa, along with two other members Chief Justice Sindh High Court, Musheer Alam and Chief Justice Islamabad High Court, Iqbal Hameed-ur-Rehman.
The Judicial Commission had consented to video-conferencing after the memo gate scandal's prime witness refused to arrive in Pakistan fearing for his life.
During the proceedings, the US businessman informed the commission about his communication with US Husain Haqqan and provided the Blackberry PIN and email of the former ambassador.
Ijaz said that communication between him and Haqqani started in May, 2011.
He said Haqqani informed him that the Army wanted to topple the government and that the government wanted to send a message to the US through Admiral Mike Mullen.
According to Ijaz, Haqqani also informed him about the government’s intention to form a new security team and that US opinions would be considered in the formation of the Abbottabad commission if they assisted in the removal of General Kayani.
Ijaz further said that Haqqani had decided to use code words for key figures during their conversations. The President of Pakistan was referred to as boss or friend; Americans were called Isphani while people from Pakistan were called friends.
The US businessman also handed over the copy of his phone bill to the secretary of the memo commission during his testimony.
The commission will resume its proceedings on Thursday at 2 pm.
The step-by-step proceedings of the Memo Commission to record Mansoor Ijaz's statement are as follows:-
Secretary Memo Commission Raja Jawad Abbas and Lawyer of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Rashid A Rizvi were at the London High Commission while Husain Haqqani's counsel Zahid Bukhari and Mansoor Ijaz's lawyer Akram Sheikh were in Pakistan.
The judicial commission was chaired by Chief Justice Baluchistan High Court, Qazi Faiz Isa, while other two members were Chief Justice Sindh High Court, Musheer Alam and Chief Justice Islamabad High Court, Iqbal Hameed-ur-Rehman.
07:00 pm: Memo Commission concludes session.
06:40 pm: Ijaz provided bill to memo commission but asks for some numbers to remain private. Ijaz said he called James Jones following his conversation with Haqqani.
06:30 pm: The bill contains the numbers of James Jones and other important people: Mansoor Ijaz
06:18 pm: Mansoor provided phone bill of conversations with Haqqani to secretary commission. Husain Haqqani's lawyer said the bill was not original but was a copy.
06:16 pm: Code words were decided to be used during his conversation with Haqqani because the matter was sensitive. President of Pakistan was called boss or friend during the conversation while the Americans were referred to as Ispahani: Mansoor Ijaz
People from Pakistan were called friend: Ijaz
06:10 pm: Haqqani said the government wanted to form a commission to probe the Abbottabad incident and if Kayani was removed then American opinions would also be considered: Mansoor Ijaz
Haqqani also spoke of cooperation in the Mumbai probe: Ijaz
05:50 pm: Ijaz handed over notice of phone conversations with Husain Haqqani to secretary memo commission who signed it and made it part of the record.
05:45 pm: Haqqani said the Pakistani President wanted to form a new national security team: Mansoor Ijaz
05:30 pm: Haqqani wanted the US to send a message to COAS Kayani: Ijaz
Haqqani wanted to send the message through Milke Mullen but he did not know him. Haqqani knew that General Jones was my acquaintance: Ijaz
05:12 pm: Haqqani’s messages were rushed and he was nervous: Mansoor Ijaz
05:05 pm: Haqqani said the Army was putting pressure on the government and President Zardari: Mansoor Ijaz
Haqqani said the Army wanted to topple the government: Mansoor Ijaz
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 provided 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 could speak Urdu upon which he replied in negative.
02:13 pm: Secretary commission authenticated that the person present was 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 had 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 video-conferencing after the memo gate scandal's prime witness refused to arrive in Pakistan fearing for his life.