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Pak court admits petition seeking Ijaz's arrest

world Updated: Jan 07, 2012 21:18 IST

A petition seeking the arrest of Mansoor Ijaz, the Pakistani-American businessman at the centre of the memo scandal, has been admitted by a court in the Pakistani capital, officials said today.

The petition was filed by Khalid Jameel Sati, an activist of the ruling Pakistan People's Party.

Sati initially sent his petition to a Supreme Court-appointed judicial commission that is investigating the issue of the alleged memo that had sought US help to stave off a possible military coup in Pakistan in May last year.

In his petition, Sati called on the judiciary to direct authorities to issue an order to arrest Ijaz on his arrival in Pakistan.

Judge Jawad Abbas, the secretary of the judicial commission, forwarded the petition to a district and sessions court in Islamabad, officials said.

Ijaz has claimed he drafted and delivered the memo on the instructions of Pakistan's former envoy to the US, Husain Haqqani. He further claimed Haqqani had acted at the behest of President Asif Ali Zaradri. The Pakistan government has denied Ijaz's charges.