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Ijaz threatens to expose "extremism proliferation umbrella" ISI-Pak Army during Islamabad visit

Washington, Fri, 27 Jan 2012 ANI

Washington, Jan 27 (ANI): Pakistani-American business man Mansoor Ijaz, the key person in the Memo Gate scandal, has said he would expose Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) or the military over their alleged role of "being an umbrella for the proliferation of extremism", when he arrives in Islamabad to testify on the same issue.


On being asked "whether Pakistan's traditionally pro-military judiciary should be doing more to probe his allegations that ISI chief Generak Shuja Pasha had met Arab leaders to discuss the possibility of a coup", Ijaz responded: "You're damn right they ought to ask that question. If the Supreme Court is not willing to, you can be sure I will," the Daily Times reports.


Ijaz said that his actions have strengthened Pakistan's democracy by helping to create a culture of transparency.


"Those people who argue that I helped the very forces I have fought against for decades cannot comprehend the nuance of difference in this day and time. I still am against the ISI interfering.... I am still against the military being an umbrella for the proliferation of extremism," he added.


He repeating his claim about the memo, and that former Pakistani ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani lied and got General James Jones and former Chairman of US chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen to lie with him.


He also claimed for the first time in print that his father, Mujaddid Ijaz, "had ties to former Prime Minister Zulfikar Bhutto before becoming a professor at Virginia Tech".


Revealing that he himself was a successful businessman who wanted to do more than make money, Ijaz said: "As my assets grew, my thirst to do something else grew as well. I was no longer content with the penthouse apartments, fast cars, and jet-setting around the world." (ANI)


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