Mansoor Ijaz issued visa to visit Pakistan

Updated - November 17, 2021 04:10 am IST

Published - January 20, 2012 10:09 am IST - London

Akram Sheikh, lawyer of Mansoor Ijaz, a U.S. businessman of Pakistani origin, walks during a break in the hearing of judicial commission at high court in Islamabad, Pakistan on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012. Pakistan's Supreme Court set up a judicial commission to investigate the secret memo scandal in response to the petition filled by group of opposition politicians. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Akram Sheikh, lawyer of Mansoor Ijaz, a U.S. businessman of Pakistani origin, walks during a break in the hearing of judicial commission at high court in Islamabad, Pakistan on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012. Pakistan's Supreme Court set up a judicial commission to investigate the secret memo scandal in response to the petition filled by group of opposition politicians. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Controversial Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz, who is at the centre of the memo scandal, has got a visa to visit Pakistan to appear before a judicial commission.

Pakistan’s High Commissioner to the U.K. Wajid Shamsul Hasan said last evening that Mr. Ijaz contacted the mission from the airport, saying that he wanted to come to the High Commission.

Pakistan mission sources said Mr. Ijaz, who has been asked to appear in Pakistan before a judicial panel probing the memo scandal on January 24, 2012 was given the visa on Thursday.

Mr. Ijaz has also been asked to appear before a parliamentary panel probing the memo scandal on January 26, 2012.

Mr. Ijaz had said he planned to fly to Pakistan to depose before courts what he claimed as “unaltered truth”.

The controversial allegations made by Mr. Ijaz reach all the way up to President Asif Zardari, and could result in the bringing of treason charges against the country’s former ambassador to Washington, Husain Haqqani or even the President himself.

Earlier, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said in Islamabad, that Mr. Ijaz has contacted the Pakistan’s mission in Switzerland by email for obtaining a visa to depose before a judicial panel probing the memo scandal.

“I have been informed by Pakistan’s Ambassador in Switzerland that Mansoor Ijaz has approached (the embassy) and he was supposed to come on Monday for the visa but he did not turn up until Thursday,” Mr. Malik had said.

Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit had said on Thursday in Islamabad that they have not received a visa application from Mr. Ijaz, the main accuser in the memo scandal, in any country.

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