Islamabad : Army chief of Pakistan General Kayani has said that Meogate was a conspiracy against Pakistan Army and National security, with this, he acknowledged the existence of the memogate document for the first time.
General Kiyani made these comments in a reply filed with the Supreme Court which is hearing petitions related to the matter, media reports here said. ISI Chief Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha in a separate reply said he was satisfied with evidence given by memogate whistleblower Mansoor Ijaz.
General Kayani said there is a need to find out the truth behind the memo that was sent to the US military. The scandal had affected Pakistan's national security and the memo was an attempt to affect the morale of soldiers who are making sacrifices for democratic freedom and national security.
The responses of Kayani and Pasha were submitted to the apex court last evening while there was no reply from President Asif Ali Zardari even though a deadline set by the court had expired yesterday.
After admitting nine petitions seeking a probe into the Memogate controversy, the apex court had directed 10 respondents, including the President, to submit their replies by December 15. The responses of Kayani and Pasha were submitted to the Supreme Court's registrar by Attorney General Anwarul Haq.
Pakistani-American businessman Ijaz, who made public the memo that sought US help to prevent a military coup in Pakistan in the wake of the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden in May, had submitted his response earlier in the day.
The replies of the Cabinet, Law, Interior, Defence and Foreign Secretaries too have been submitted while Husain Haqqani, former envoy to US, had sent in his reply several days ago.
Geo News claimed in his report that ISI chief Pasha, in his response, had said he was satisfied with the evidence provided by Ijaz. "Having seen these means of communication used, I was satisfied that he (Ijaz) had enough corroborative material to prove his version of the incident," Pasha was quoted as saying.