Mansoor Ijaz exposed himself by not appearing before Memo Commission Rehman Malik

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Interior Minister A. Rehman Malik said on Monday that Mansoor Ijaz has exposed himself by deciding not to land in Pakistan to appear before the Memo Commission, despite the comprehensive arrangements made for his security.
"Our leadership and the government following the orders of the court and the commission had ordered elaborate security arrangements for Mansoor Ijaz, who was scheduled to appear before the memogate commission," he told newspersons outside the Parliament House here.

He informed that the government had involved army, rangers, frontier constabulary, special branch and other security agencies and "we were ready to give him a complete protocol if he would come to Pakistan."

The Minister said that during various interviews, Mansoor Ijaz himself confessed to topple government of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, adding, he was also involved in propaganda campaign against Kashmir issue, Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) and military during his visit to India.

"The entire nation wants to ask him why he becomes active whenever the PPP comes into power," he said.

He opined that Mansoor Ijaz tried to become famous by creating a scandal against the government.

Rehman Malik said that Parliament was a supreme institution and he would put the name of Mansoor Ijaz in if the parliamentary committee would direct him to do so.

While challenging Mansoor Ijaz to bring any proof against him and his loyalty to the country, the Minister said that Mansoor Ijaz always used to tell lies and asked him to face the truth if he was brave.

When asked about a possibility of a video conference to record the statement of Mansoor Ijaz, he replied that the courts had not given permission for such conferences in the past.

He, however, made it clear that orders of the commission in this regard would be implemented in letter and spirit.

Rehman Malik said that the court decides the fate of the case if a witnessrefuses to appear before it to record his statement, adding, "I am sure the commission will look into it.'

To yet another question, he said the advocate of Mansoor Ijaz was time and again approached regarding his arrival but he failed to inform about the arrival place.

When his attention was drawn to the religion of Mansoor Ijaz, the Minister said he would not comment on the religion of any person.

He said that Hussain Haqqani was not in custody, adding, he was ex-ambassador and he should be allowed to move freely.

He said the conspiracy which started from London and reached here via Lahore has come to its logical conclusion.

About interview of Farahnaz Isphahani, he said that she herself has denied about the interview.Referring to an article published in the Washington Post, he said that Mansoor Ijaz was a publicity mongering person.

He also warned Mansoor Ijaz to not to work against Pakistan or its agencies and instead make efforts for the development and betterment of the motherland as his forefathers and family members belonged to Pakistan.

He informed that PPP Leader Raja Riaz would become a party in the memogate case in the court and the commission and any decision to register a case against him would be taken later.

Courtesy: Business Recorder

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