Ijaz tells Pakistan panel Haqqani was behind memo

American businessman Mansoor Ijaz stuck to his claim before a Pakistani judicial commission that he drafted and delivered a memo seeking US help to stave off a possible military coup in Pakistan on the instructions of former envoy Husain Haqqani

Written by Press Trust Of India | Islamabad | Published: February 23, 2012 1:25:19 am

American businessman Mansoor Ijaz Wednesday stuck to his claim before a Pakistani judicial commission that he drafted and delivered a memo seeking US help to stave off a possible military coup in Pakistan on the instructions of former envoy Husain Haqqani.

Ijaz made the claim while deposing via video link from London before Pakistan Supreme Court appointed commission investigating the mysterious memo.

The businessman claimed his contact with Haqqani began on May 3 last year — a day after a US raid killed Osama bin Laden. Ijaz added that Haqqani had devised various code words,including “Ispahani” for the Americans,“friends” for Pakistanis and “boss” for Zardari. He gave the commission the PINs for the BlackBerry phones used by himself and Haqqani.

Ijaz also said he had met then ISI chief Gen Ehsan-ul-Haq in Brussels in 2003 and former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in London in 2005. He said he had last met Zardari in 2009.

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