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Treason case registered against Hussain Haqqani

KARACHI: Police on Wednesday registered a treason case against former Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States Hussain Haqqani over his alleged anti-state statements, ARY News reported. 

Haqqani, who is at the center of the Memogate scandal, was booked under Section 120-B, 120-A, 121-A 123-A of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) by the Preedy police.

Advocate Moulvi Iqbal Haider filed a complaint seeking registration of a case against the former diplomat for allegedly committing heinous crimes by endangering the solidarity, integrity, and security of the country.

The complainant stated that Haqqani in a number of interviews to foreign media outlets gave anti-state statements, in which he targeted Pakistan’s security forces.

His statements were meant to weaken the country’s defence and endanger the cause of Kashmir, he claimed, adding that his remarks against the state attracted the relevant sections of the High Treason Act and Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).

Earlier, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) registered a case against Haqqani for allegedly embezzling secret funds and misusing his authority during his stint as Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States.

He booked under Section 3, 4, 409, and 109 of Pakistan Penal Code by the agency’s anti-corruption circle.

In 2012, a judicial body had investigated the Memogate scandal and submitted its report to the apex court, holding Haqqani guilty of authoring the explosive memo and termed his acts disloyalty to the country.

Haqqani is alleged to have written a memo to Adm. Mike Mullen, the top US military officer at the time, offering greater government cooperation in return for helping avert possible dismissal of the civilian government in the wake of the May 2 raid which led to the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden.

 

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