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Memo commission report political and one sided: Haqqani

By Lalit K Jha
June 12, 2012 12:23 IST
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In a veiled attack on the judiciary and his detractors, Pakistan's former ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani, on Tuesday dismissed the memo commission's report as 'political and one-sided', hours after the findings were made public.

The commission had concluded that Haqqani was behind a mysterious memo that sought US help to stave off a feared coup and said he was 'not loyal' to the country while serving as an envoy.

In a statement issued in Washington, Haqqani said his lawyers would address the legal flaws of the process relating to the creation and proceedings of the Commission before the supreme court.

"The Commission's report has been released to distract attention from other more embarrassing developments," he said alluding to the allegations relating to the chief justice's son Arsalan Chaudhry.

Claiming that he had nothing to do with the memo, Haqqani said the commission might have come to a different conclusion if it had heard him out, which it did not.

"The entire proceeding reflected the political machination of ideological elements including the judiciary and had little to do with fact finding," he added.

"The commission has based its findings on the claims of one man, a foreigner, and dubious records presented by him, which were reinforced by an equally dubious exercise termed as forensics," he said.

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Lalit K Jha in Washington
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