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Haqqani’s resignation accepted for impartial probe: Gilani

November 24, 2011

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani reaffirmed government’s desire of conducting impartial probe of the memogate issue on the highest level in National Assembly on Thursday. – File Photo

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Thursday informed the National Assembly that the government accepted Hussain Haqqani’s resignation from the post of ambassador to US for an impartial probe on this matter of national security, DawnNews reported.

The prime minister reaffirmed government’s desire of conducting impartial probe of the memogate issue on the highest level.

Responding to the Leader of the Opposition Chaudhry Nisar’s speech, on the floor of the National Assembly, the PM said there was no threat to the government which he said was answerable to the people of Pakistan and not to “anybody else.”

“There is no threat to the government and if there was any, then we would look towards the masses and the opposition,” he said. “We have made a lot of sacrifices for democracy and we don't need anybody's support in this connection,” The PM added.

Clarifying the actual position about resignation of former envoy of Pakistan to Washinton Hussain Haqqani, the prime minister said that he was summoned to the Prime Minister House, and not to the Presidency, at 1am for explanation regarding the issue.

Mr Gilani said that the army and government were on the same page on every issue including memogate. “We would only consult the general public in any danger,” he added.

“I directed him to tender his resignation as the issue demanded an impartial inquiry with no influence from any circle,” the PM said, adding that every ambassador had sufficient contacts not to need a ‘third person's help.’

He said the issue would be investigated at top level now as he had ordered to constitute a committee for investigating the matter, adding the opposition had also taken the issue to the Supreme Court.

The PM said a transparent investigation of the memo issue was necessary to satisfy the nation and the opposition. “The opposition leader should now be satisfied” he added.