After many knee-jerk denials and calling memo an improbable occurrence and ‘pack of lies’, today, Supreme court confirmed the ‘existence’ of memogate and that the issue urgently needs to be probed. From being a mere scandal, Memo has assumed substance, something that needs investigation, being of cardinal importance to the country’s sovereignty.
With all the due respects to SC’s decision and accepting memogate as a matter of enduring national concern, one still questions the hyped ad nauseum that surrounds it. The essence of memogate case is a clandestine conspiracy to snub the military leadership that was allegedly playing an active role to overthrow the democratic governance in Pakistan. In this cerebral story, none of the lead characters represents any government or military position . Peeved at charge, Husaain haqqani who had to resign from the ministry owing to multiple diplomatic reasons , also attempted to sue the Newsline magazine for their ‘reckless’ allegation against him, for knowing the Abottabad raid weeks in advance. The ‘scandal’ has undoubtedly changed the dynamics of the Pakistani political scene by bringing out the gov-military rivalry to the forefront.
With all that the memo scandal has ensued, there’s still a fraternity of people that believes it to be a mere diversion from country’s real and cardinal issues. Some of which may be certain ineffieiencies on the part of army especially in the OBL case, the rampant poverty and corruption that has consumed not only people but many state-run institution and more. Similarly, it also sometime appears to be a fodder given to people and the media to be engrossed in so each one enjoys the show that always has some gun-smoke revelation to make each time the fever goes even a bit down.
Where as, it’s important to catch the culprit behind memo case, what should not miss attention is there may perhaps be someone who, all this time wanted to bring this to the limelight to only meet certain political ends. It should also not escape the sight that many such letters would have been written in the past by many leaderships to seek foreign help, but how many of them have been highlighted this way? It really seems amusing how the pilot episode of this soap unwrapped as Mansoor Ijaz, the key agent of communication between the ‘two’ parties himself revealed of the secret communication in an article!
Whatever the reality to this scandal shrouded in layers and layers of secrecy might be, one thing can be claimed for a fact, that it has been a nice distraction and a great thriller for the media as well as for the people of Pakistan, who need more of such, to forget their existential issues for a while.