Former DG ISI Shuja Pasha informed the memo commission that there was no plan of a coup by the Army after the May 02 covert US raid in Abbottabad. “If there was a threat, the ISI would have known about,” Pasha said.
While recording his testimony, Shuja Pasha said he consulted only the military leadership after coming to know about Marsoor Ijaz’s article in the Financial Times. “I wanted to know about the author of the memo and directed a source in the ISI to contact Mansoor who agreed to meet me and share details but outside Pakistan and the US.”
As the military top brass had asked me to go ahead, the meeting was arranged in a London hotel on October 22, 2011 which lasted for four hours, Shuja told the commission. It is pertinent to mention here that the former spy chief was attending the proceedings of the commission for the first time.
The judicial commission, probing the memo scandal resumed hearing after getting another six weeks extension from the Supreme Court.
The commission comprises of Chief Justice Balochistan High Court, Justice Qazi Faez Issa, Chief Justice Sindh High Court, Justice Musheer Alam and Chief Justice Islamabad High Court, Justice Iqbal Hameed-ur-Rehman.
Former DG ISI Shuja Pasha, Husain Haqqani’s counsel Zahid Bukhari, Mansoor Ijaz’s lawyer Akram Sheikh and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Yasin Malik were also present during the proceedings.
Husain Haqqani cited a heart problem as the reason for his absence from proceedings.
The former ambassador is also waiting for the outcome of his application pending before the SC regarding the recording of his statement through a video link from London.
Haqqani, through his application, has told the commission that he has been a heart patient for the last three years and has been under treatment at the Advanced Cardiology Center, Maryland, US. The applicant is currently under treatment for chest pain/coronary artery disease.