ISLAMABAD- The judicial commission on memo issue at its first meeting held at the Islamabad High Court building on Monday directed the attorney general to obtain record of the BlackBerry Messenger conversations between former ambassador Husain Haqqani and US businessman Mansoor Ijaz.

Balochistan High Court Chief Justice Qazi Muhammad Essa chaired the meeting. “The record of conversations held between Haqqani and Mansoor Ijaz must be obtained as soon as possible and produced before the commission,” chairman of judicial commission said during the proceedings.

The commission asked Attorney General Maulvi Anwarul Haq to contact Research In Motion (RIM), a Canadian Company, and BlackBerry representatives in Pakistan to obtain the record so that forensic evidence of the conversation could be obtained.

The commission was told that the Foreign Office was yet to initiate departmental inquiry of the matter relating to memogate. “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has not started inquiry in connection with the memogate. We are waiting to hear from the higher authorities,” Foreign Secretary told the commission.

The Foreign Secretary told the commission that no record of the Haqqani-Mansoor meetings was available with the Foreign Office. Justice Qazi Mohammad Essa directed the Foreign Secretary to provide the commission with a comprehensive record of Hussein Haqqani’s meetings in the US as an Ambassador of Pakistan, in the next meeting of commission to be held on January 9.

The commission issued notices to DG Inter-Services Intelligence Shuja Pasha, Mansoor Ijaz, Husain Haqqani, General James Jones and other main respondents in the case to appear before the judicial body.

The commission took serious notice of Haqqani’s absence from the proceedings. The commission ordered fresh summons for the former ambassador with the directive that he should ensure his presence at the next meeting.

The commission also issued notices to the district administration of Islamabad to ensure foolproof security as on its second meeting to be held on 9 January. “Foolproof security should be provided to all of the respondents who come to the court to record their statements,” chairman of the commission directed the relevant authorities

The judicial commission was appointed by the Supreme Court to probe into the scandal and submit its findings within a month.

 The Supreme Court has allowed the commission to use each and every service at the disposal of government of Pakistan, services of lawyers, forensic experts and scientists to complete the probe in a month.

The supreme court has already ordered all federal secretaries, chiefs of law enforcement agencies including Federal Investigation Agency, inspectors general of police of all provinces and country’s envoy to  the US and high commissioner to the UK to assist the commission

As the commission started its meeting on Monday, Attorney General Maulvi Anwarul Haq, Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir, Secretary Cabinet Nargis Sethi, Deputy Attorney General and legal advisors of foreign ministry were present.

Islamabad High Court Chief Justice Iqbal Hameed ur Rehman and Sindh High Court Chief Justice Musheer Alam are other members of the judicial commission.