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Parliamentary committee on security takes up memogate

November 25, 2011

Husain Haqqani. — File photo

ISLAMABAD, Nov 25: The Parliamentary Committee on National Security took up on Friday a letter sent by a PML-N leader seeking briefing by foreign and defence secretaries on the memogate scandal.

The panel also discussed letters by two parliamentarians belonging to the PML-N and Jamaat-i-Islami about a statement by Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman that over 10,000 bombs were dropped by the PAF in Fata since 2008 in 5,500 sorties.

The committee chairman, Mian Raza Rabbani, said there should be no political point-scoring on the memo issue.

He told reporters that the committee would decide on its future course of action after briefings by the defence and foreign secretaries.

He said Ambassador Husain Haqqani had resigned his position and presented himself for investigation which was a positive development.

Discussing the two letters on the shelling in Fata, the committee decided to get clarification from the defence ministry about the bombings that the lawmakers said was a great source of concern because no responsible official had denied the statement by the PAF chief.