Mullah, Military and Media: The Memogate drama

by Gulshan Ara

Allah Detha abducts the Chaudhri’s daughter one day. The Chaudhri lodges an FIR against the rising young graduate Fazlu of the village. The case nips evil in the bud: the rise of Fazlu–a middle class representative. The Chaudhri, on the insistence of his daughter, christens the abduction as a ‘marriage of convenience’ but Fazlu’s fate hangs in a court of law.

It is a typical narrative of Pakistan’s Chaudhris. So is the storyline of what media has termed as memogate—a letter requesting US to foil a possible military coup in Pakistan after the killing of the world’s most wanted terrorist Osama bin Laden in the garrison city of Abbottabad on May 2 last year.

A Pakistani-American businessman Mansoor Ijaz confessed to the writing of the memo and then passing it on to the office of the then US Chairman Joints Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen. The story, however, turned out to be a perfect prototype of the description of events of a small village Chaudhri.

The letter angered Pakistan’s top Chaudhri–the military establishment. Instead of taking action against the known and the self-confessed culprit (if it makes him one) in the memo case, the security state of Pakistan is bent upon punishing the Fazlu—Hussain Haqqani, the former Pakistani ambassador to the United States.

Mansoor Ijaz, the known and self-confessed writer of the memo, emerges as the good guy for his dirty role in scripting and delivering the memo to the right person in the US administration and Hussain Haqqani, the unproven alleged dictator of the memo, is facing music in Pakistani courts with an uncertain fate.

The Pakistani Chaudhri, rather, approved what Mansoor Ijaz has done by opting for not taking action against him. Today the nation knows him as a brave man, thanks to the ISI for treating him so softly for the convenience of its interests. The chief spy of Pakistan general Shuja Pasha visits him in London to dig out the memo secrets. Pakistan’s right wing anchorpersons and journalists see him as messiah against the PPP-led government. And Pakistani courts will buy his version to win the case for the Chaudhri.


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