Haqqani insisted that a new thinking was emerging in Pakistan andlike-minded people like the former army chief Gen Jahangir Karamat and GenMehmud Ali Durrani wanted to reconstruct relationship with the US. Thelike-minded people would be included in the new set-up.Ijaz said Haqqani told him that President Zardari was issuingdirections to him for setting up a national security team similar tothe US national security organisation.
He said in return for the removal of General Kayani, Haqqanioffered elimination of Section ‘S’ of Inter Services Intelligence,assisting in locating bad guys like Mullah Omar and Aiman Al-Zawahiri,committed more US boots on the Pakistani soil, access to three wivesof Osama bin Laden and cooperation in investigation into the Mumbaiterror attacks.Due to sensitivity of the matter Haqqani suggested code word —‘Ispahani’ (the name of his wife) for the US administration and‘friend’ for the Pakistani government — for their communication.
Ijaz claimed that in subsequent messages the word ‘friend’ wasreferred to the president. He said Haqqani had requested him tokeep the matter secret from the ISI and army.He said initially Gen James Jones, former US national securityadviser, had refused to deliver the memo to Admiral Mike Mullen butlater agreed when Haqqani also agreed for keeping the memo writtenrather than verbal.
In support of a claim of his conversation with MrHaqqani on thephone, MrIjaz offered the calls’ record but requested that thecommission should not provide other than relevant portion to MrHaqqani’s counsel.
Haqqani’s counsel ZahidBukhari has raised objectionsto all the documents that Ijaz has produced so far.Expressing doubts, he said ijaz might have forged or tampered withthe evidences and hence he is perhaps going to thenotion of factual controversy. And once he is able to prove thefactual controversy in memo case then the matter would linger on foran unspecified period.
The commission on the other hand has also made it clear that it does not want to trick or trap any party and wants to reach the truth.The month of March would be tough for the commission and for all theparties involved in the memo commission except the PML-N which still hasnothing to lose in this game.