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Kayani pushes for SC probe; MoD says no control over army

Islamabad - Pakistan Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani has made a fresh request to the Supreme Court to probe the Memogate scandal, in a sign that the military and the civilian government are at loggerheads on the issue.
Kayani conveyed his stand in a rejoinder submitted to the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

The powerful army chief said the memo made public by Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz is a “reality” and it should be thoroughly investigated as it had a bearing on national security and sovereignty.

Kayani’s rejoinder said ISI chief Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha had briefed him about the memo on October 24 after gathering evidence and information from Ijaz.

He said all his earlier statements were based on facts and he had kept nothing hidden from the court.

The government has challenged the court’s jurisdiction to hear several petitions seeking a probe, saying a parliamentary panel was already conducting a probe.

Meanwhile, in another twist in the memogate case, the Defence Ministry on Wednesday informed the SC in an affidavit that it had “no operational control” over the military or the ISI. The ministry said it was not in a position to confirm or deny the stand taken by the military and ISI on the memo issue. PTI

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