Haqqani skips court, cites security concern

January 29, 2013 - 1:15:23 am

ISLAMABAD: Expressing lack of confidence in the country’s security apparatus despite having the government of his own party, former Pakistani ambassador to the US and main accused in the famous memo case, Husain Haqqani, has once again refused to appear before the Supreme Court, citing security reasons.

“I will not and cannot trust my  safety in the hands of state machinery that routinely fails to protect Pakistani citizens,” Haqqani said in a letter to the interior secretary through Pakistan’s embassy in Washington, in response to a letter that promised adequate security arrangements for him following directive from the court.

Haqqani asked the secretary to inform the bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry about his concerns regarding threats to his life “from several sources, including Jihadi groups whom I have criticised and opposed publicly and elements within the state apparatus that have supported and protected these terrorist elements over the years.”

The court is hearing petitions filed by lawyers and politicians, including PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif.

It pertains to a controversial memo sent to former US military chief Admiral Mike Mullen, seeking US intervention to avert a possible overthrow of the government by the military some two years back.