Supreme Court issues arrest warrants for Hussain Haqqani

February 15, 2018

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan issued arrest warrants for former ambassador of Pakistan to the United States, on Thursday. 

A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar conducted proceedings of the Memo commission case during which the apex court passed the order.

DG FIA Bashir Memon assured the court that he would take all necessary steps to ensure that Hussain Haqqani was brought back to Pakistan.

“After obtaining the acceptance of the interior secretary, we have requested Interpol for the red warrant,” he said. “Interpol has received our request for the red warrant.”

Bashir Memon told the bench that if the court issued arrest warrants then it becomes easy for Interpol to issue the red warrant to which the chief justice replied,”The court will issue the arrest warrant.”

The chief justice said that Hussain Haqqani had assured the apex court of his return but had backtracked from his promise.

“Hussain Haqqani’s arrest warrants have been issued as he violated his sworn statement,” said one of the judges.

The Supreme Court constituted a three-member bench on February 1 to resume the hearing of the memogate case involving former ambassador to the United States of America (USA) Hussain Haqqani.

The memogate scandal was taken to the apex court by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz head Nawaz Sharif which led to Hussain Haqqani’s resignation.

The Supreme Court bench, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, resumed the case hearing from February 8. In this regard, a court notice was issued to Hussain Haqqani and other respondents of the case.