With Pakistan announcing it has issued a “multiple entry visa” for him to testify, Fox News Analyst Mansoor Ijaz is expected to travel to Pakistan next week to testify regarding his role in the “coup memo” delivered on behalf of Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari to the US military.
The US-born Ijaz delivered the memo personally to former US military chief Admiral Michael Mullen, and says it was dictated to him by Ambassador Husain Haqqani, who had since resigned over the scandal.
In comments today Ijaz reiterated his plans to attend hearings in Pakistan, and said he has been given considerable pledges of support by the US State Department for his trip, adding that they will “do the right thing if something went wrong.”
Pakistan’s current ruling party has been condemning Ijaz since the scandal began, and claims he personally invented the entire plot to damage them as part of an unknown agenda, apparently related to either his Fox News affiliations or his current membership in the Council on Foreign Relations.
Ijaz, for his part, insists he has been honest, and claims he even offered to stop talking about the memo if former Ambassador Haqqani agreed to stop condemning him. The Pakistani military has reportedly pledge to ensure Ijaz’s security in the face of threats by members of the civilian government.