NAB directed to bring back Hussain Haqqani by SC

ISLAMABAD: Memogate scandal’s primary accused, former Pakistan ambassador to the United States, Hussain Haqqani who is implicated in the ongoing proceedings of the high profile case is being called back to the country and in instance of non-compliance the honorary Supreme Court of Pakistan has tasked NAB to make sure that he does.

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A bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nasir heard the Memogate scandal.

During the hearing, Justice Nisar remarked that NAB has agreements with United Nations Security Council (UNSC) pertaining to the return of suspects.

According to amicus curiae (friend of the court) Ahmer Bilal Soofi, NAB can bring Haqqani back to Pakistan, the CJP said.

“NAB chairman can issue warrants for the former ambassador’s return,” Justice Nisar added and tasked the accountability bureau to bring him back.

The bench observed that there are difficulties owing to a lack of repatriation agreements between Pakistan and other countries.

The top court recommended that laws be drafted for bringing back suspects to the country and directed the Parliament to make legislation on repatriation agreements with other countries within a month.

Further, the FIA submitted a progress report regarding the case in the apex court.

An interim charge sheet against Haqqani has been submitted in the trial court, the report stated.

The suspect is absconding and residing in the United States as confirmed by Interpol, it added.

Procedure is under way to block Haqqani’s Pakistani passport and requests to issue red warrants against him are under consideration, the report further said.

SC to resume Memogate case hearing on Feb 8

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