LONDON: Mansoor Ijaz has received a post-memorandum-report death threat from an unknown caller speaking in Punjabi from an unknown number.
Speaking to The News from Switzerland, an agitated Mansoor Ijaz confirmed that he was taking the threat seriously and will be reporting the matter to the FBI. The business tycoon is soon planning to come to London and it is believed that he will inform the Metropolitan Police about the threats to his life.
The caller reportedly threatened Mansoor Ijaz that he (ijaz) and his family will be destroyed. “You come one step towards London and we will find and kill you for what you have done. You should know we are out to get you,”the caller threatened the main protagonist of the Memogate scandal who was celebrating his court victory as his version of events with reference to Admiral Mike Mullen was vindicated by the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
Mansoor Ijaz said he understood that the reasons behind the serious death threat lied in the fact that he stood his grounds and ensured that the truth was established in the interests of Pakistan.
He was referring to the judicial commission report which ruled on Tuesday that Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United States had approached the Obama administration asking for help to prevent a possible military coup against the government led by President Asif Ali Zardari.
The Supreme Court found that Haqqani, sent a secret memo to Adm. Mike Mullen, then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in May 2011 in the aftermath of the death of Osama bin Laden. Haqqani had strongly denied any link to the controversial memo and challenged the legality of the commission.
Mansoor Ijaz said the findings of the Supreme Court show that he was right in bringing to the public knowledge the “rogue conspiracy” against Pakistan and it also proved that Pakistan and the US were engaged in a “dishonest relationship”.
“This relationship was dishonest at every level. Pakistan was acting as a client state of the US with Haqqani in Washington.”
He claimed that the memo controversy had forced the two countries to put their cards on the table and as a result relations between Pakistan and the United States were “more open”.
“These are not good times for the relations of the two countries but at least it’s an open and honest bi-lateral relationship. It has its problems but its honest and on clear footings where an ambassador does an ambassador's job, not the president’s job.
Mansoor Ijaz paid tribute to the institutions of Pakistan, in particular the judiciary for ensuring that every party in the case was given full opportunity to defend the case and present the evidence. He told this correspondent that the court’s determination proved that justice was imparted fairly and without consideration to a single political factor that subordinates the country's national interests.
He praised Pakistan's Army for standing it’s ground in “defending the country against those who would compromise its security but never wavered in their commitment to insure democracy and justice kept to their true paths”.
He said it was crystal clear to the people of Pakistan that they always knew they have one institution – the armed forces – that is the pillar and bedrock of the Pakistan. “Now there is another pillar too – it’s Pakistan’s judiciary, ready to seek truth and stand up for justice. The people of Pakistan want their political government to be honest. It’s time the government asked of itself what has it done to establish the rule of law and transparency in Pakistan.”