LAHORE - Pakistans former ambassador to US Husain Haqqani said on Saturday that only the courts and parliament, not Mansoor Ijaz, had the power to decide whether he was telling a lie or truth in the memogate scandal. In a TV interview, he said Mansoor Ijaz wanted to get him removed as ambassador and make President Zardari controversial. Also, he alleged, Mansoor Ijaz wanted to create differences between the Army and the civil government. He said the US businessman of Pakistan origin wanted to plunge Pakistan into a crisis. Asked why Mansoor Ijaz would like to do so, Haqqani said only the investigations would establish the motive. Meanwhile, Haqqani has sent a letter to the editor of Daily Beast/Newsweek to explain his position on the article written by Mansoor Ijaz. He said: In the strongest terms possible, I categorically reject as reckless, baseless and false the allegations levelled against me by Mr Mansoor Ijaz about prior knowledge of US plans for a raid in Abbottabad in violation of Pakistani sovereignty to eliminate Osama bin Laden as well as his earlier charges about my role in a memo he wrote and sent to the US Chairman Joint Chiefs. Indeed, the falsehoods and mistruths in this piece indict, impeach and destroy his credibility. I was in Washington DC until the evening of May 1 ET when I boarded a flight for London on way to Dubai and Islamabad. Upon hearing of the Bin Laden raid I turned around from Heathrow Airport and returned to Washington DC on the afternoon of May 2. My visit to London on May 9-10 to meet with senior British officials was to discuss reconciliation in Afghanistan and discuss Pakistan-UK and US-Pakistan relations in the wake of the Osama bin Laden raid. My British interlocutors would attest to the fact that I did not discuss any fears about domestic political developments in Pakistan and certainly did not talk about any hare brained scheme against the Pakistani military. Unless Newsweek retracts the article by Mr Ijaz, and his impugning of my patriotism and loyalty to Pakistan, I intend legal action to right the wrongs done to me by these outrageous allegations. Expressing his patriotism with the country, Haqqani demanded expanding the scope of investigation. He said that much media hype has been created on the memo scandal, urging that media should also focus on other issues. Haqqani said that while he was in US and performing his official duties he could not afford much time for the local media and thats why the misconception was created. When I was in US I personally wrote letter to president and prime minister to conduct inquiry into the memo scandal and voluntarily offered to be part of the investigation, he said. Haqqani said that scope of investigation should be widened in order to know why Mansoor Ijaz has targeted him in his article. He said that parliamentary committee should be allowed to conclude its work and was confident that time will prove his innocence in the matter.