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Ijaz to testify before Pak SC in memo scandal

world Updated: Jan 16, 2012 10:28 IST

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Controversial Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz could fly into a military airbase in Rawalpindi and granted a visa on arrival so that he can testify on Monday before a judicial commission probing the memo scandal, according to a media report on Sunday.

Ijaz's lawyer has said he will testify before the Supreme Court-appointed commission that is investigating the memo scandal on Monday.

"Arrangements have been finalised for his chartered flight (at Chaklala airbase)," an official source was quoted as saying by a newspaper.

Since Pakistan joined the US-led war on terror, authorities have been issuing visas to US nationals, mainly military personnel, at the port of entry under a secret arrangement, sources told the daily.

Ijaz might be offered the same facility if he had not yet applied for a Pakistani visa, an unnamed official told the newspaper.

"In special circumstances, US businessmen can avail this facility," the official said.

Some of Ijaz's close associates will accompany him and the team will be flown in a helicopter from Chaklala airbase to the venue where the commission is holding its hearings, the report said.

Military authorities would look after Ijaz's security arrangements, it added.

Ijaz created a storm in Pakistan's political circles and triggered a standoff between the civilian government and the military by making public the mysterious memo that sought US help to stave off a possible military coup after the killing of Osama bin Laden in May 2011.