Memogate case heard by CJP

A nine-judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry was hearing a case relating to the memogate scandal on Thursday, DawnNews reported.

During the hearing, Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz’s chief Nawaz Sharif told the court that the secret memo was approved by the country’s top political leadership.

He further said that if a similar scandal had propped up during his government, he would have tendered his resignation.

Sharif claimed that a force was stopping Pakistan’s parliament from functioning independently.

During the proceeding, Justice Jawad Khwaja said that the memo scandal was so far based on assumptions and determining the facts of the matter was obligatory.

Moreover, Justice Saqib Nisar questioned whether the memo case fell under the jurisdiction of the court or that of the parliament.

Responding to which, Sharif said that the parliament was not functional and was only passing resolutions. He added that the parliament was not going to do anything regarding the scandal.

Chief Justice Iftikhar said the scandal had civil and military implications and that military courts had the authority to act on the information.

He further said that newspapers had been reporting that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) had investigated the issue, adding that Husain Haqqani’s resignation did not prove the charges that were being leveled.

Also, Sharif asked the court to summon every individual suspected of involvement in the case to determine where the responsibility lay.

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