24 Jan '12, 6pm

Pakistan scandal probe at risk from witness no-show

Pakistan scandal probe at risk from witness no-show

ISLAMABAD: A probe into a major scandal threatening Pakistan's president on Tuesday appeared at risk of collapsing as investigators ruled out travelling abroad to hear the testimony of the star witness. American businessman Mansoor Ijaz, who implicated President Asif Ali Zardari in a May memo seeking US help to rein in Pakistan's powerful military, has refused to travel to Pakistan, citing fears for his safety. His testimony is considered key to any case against the president, who faces frenzied speculation that he could be forced out of office over the scandal. Giving Ijaz another opportunity to appear, a three-member judicial commission adjourned until February 9 and said they would ask the Supreme Court to extend their mandate, which was due to end on Saturday. The Supreme Court ordered an investigation into the scandal following advice from the head of Pakistan's intel...

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