Another hurdle in recording the statement of Haqqani

Zahid Hussain Bukhari could not attain visa for London to personally be present at the time Hussain Haqqani gives his statement before the commission.

The information was released to the media on Monday that since Mr. Bukhari could not get visa to London, he cannot visit Haqqai at the time of his video statement recording to make sure all arrangements were in place and therefore cannot cross question or examine him in person.

Earlier, after repeated announcements of coming to Pakistan and appearing before the court of law in regards to the memo case, Hussain Haqqani backed out the last minute on grounds of security issues despite getting the clearance for all government officials in Pakistan.

Due to his significance to the case, the commission proposed and arranged for his statement to be recorded via video link from London, for which Zahid Hussain Bukhari was to pay Haqqani a visit and question him.

Preparations for the video statement recording have been completed today. The recording will take place on the 22nd February 2012, according to the schedule. The secretary of the commission will be present and monitoring the statement recorded by Haqqani. To facilitate the process, two huge screens have been installed in Islamabad High Court.

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority will facilitate the process of video link in Pakistan whereas a foreign company will do the same in London. A prior rehearsal will be conducted before the 22nd February session to avoid any discrepancy in communication on that day.

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