ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the federal interior secretary to adopt all the constitutional and legal measures to bring former Pakistan ambassador to US Hussain Haqqani to Pakistan so that he could appear before the court to fulfill his commitment.

Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, heading a nine-member bench, said in his order: “As Haqqani has not fulfilled his commitment, we direct the interior secretary to adopt all the constitutional and legal measures to bring him back to the country.”

Hussain Haqqani was allowed to leave the country on January 30, 2012, with the commitment that he would appear in person on the court’s order within four days.

The bench heard the constitutional petitions under Article 184 (3) regarding the memorandum allegedly written by Hussain Haqqani, the then former envoy of Pakistan to the US, to Admiral Mike Mullen.

Asma Jahangir, representing the former ambassador, said last night she had spoken to her client. “The petitioner in this case is going to head the government of Pakistan. Haqqani feels the worst danger to his life and is in a fix whether to save his life or dignity of his counsel. I have tried to convince him to come back, but he is paranoid.”

The bench held: “The country is governed by the Constitution and it is immaterial that the petitioner is going to head the government as all the citizens are required to be dealt with in accordance with the law. The institution of the judiciary and the members of bars believe in the rule of law, so they do not agree to the stand taken by Haqqani. The court has not so far considered the former envoy as an accused.”

Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa said it was not a question of the counsel’s dignity but that of the dignity of the court, adding he had given undertaking to the court.

Asma Jahangir argued that Haqqani had not so far violated the law. She added the undertaking given by her client was under an altogether different scenario and questioned why Mansoor Ijaz was given discriminatory treatment and why the commission refused when Haqqani demanded that facility.

The apex court on December 1, 2011, formed a commission headed by Balochistan High Court Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa and comprising Islamabad High Court Chief Justice Iqbal Hameed-ur-Rehman and Sindh High Court Chief Justice Mushir Alam to probe the authenticity and purpose of creating/drafting the memo.

The commission’s findings said: “It has been incontrovertibly established that the memorandum was authentic and former ambassador of Pakistan to US Haqqani was its architect. Haqqani sought American help; he also wanted to become indispensable for the Americans forever. He lost sight of the fact that he is a Pakistani citizen and his country’s ambassador to the US, so he must have been loyal to Pakistan.”

The case was adjourned for four weeks.