Hussain Haqqani. —File Photo

ISLAMABAD: The petition pertaining to the statement of Pakistan's former ambassador to the US Hussain Haqqani will be heard on March 29, DawnNews reported on Wednesday.

A ten-member committee headed by the Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has been formed to look into the matter.

The bench will also take decision regarding the delay of the deadline which was March 31.

Haqqani had submitted the respective petition in court on March 21.

The application stated that the court should pass an order allowing the commission to record his statement through similar facilities extended to Mansoor Ijaz, the main character in the memo controversy, who was accommodated by the commission on the plea of physical security.

Earlier, on March 27, the commission announced that the next hearing would be fixed after the Supreme Court extended the deadline as it has already missed its second deadline.

The commission, headed by Balochistan High Court Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa, regretted that despite notices issued to Haqqani on March 1 and 18, he did not appear to record his statement and be cross-examination in Islamabad.

The commission gave Haqqani a last opportunity and warned that they could attach his property and issue an arrest warrant to ensure his attendance or initiate contempt of court proceedings against him if he failed to comply with the court orders next time.

Haqqani’s counsel, Advocate Bokhari said his client had certain threats from intelligence agencies. He did not disclose the names of the agencies, but said that Haqqani faced a threat to his life in Pakistan.

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