ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court on Monday granted the last opportunity to former Pakistan Ambassador to US Hussain Haqqani to appear before the court, saying coercive measures permissible under the law, including cancellation of his Pakistani passport, could be taken against him.

A nine-member bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan will resume hearing of the Memogate controversy in which Hussain Haqqani allegedly wrote a memo to Mike Mullen. Nawaz Sharif, Watan Party’s Tariq Asad, Senator Ishaq Dar and PML-N presidents from all the provinces, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan filed the petitions.

Appearing on notice, Attorney General Irfan Qadir told the court that it had been decided at a meeting, also attended by the interior secretary and Asma Jehnagir, counsel for Hussain Haqqani, that a VVIP security would be provided to Hussain Haqqani on his return to the country. He added that Haqqani could be brought in a helicopter from the airport and his stay could be managed in a five-star hotel near the apex court.

Asma Jehangir, counsel for Hussain Haqqani, told the court that she had conveyed her client about the security arrangements, but he did not trust the state authorities. The chief justice said Pakistan was a civilised country while a democratic government was in place. “What type of more security does Haqqani want?” he remarked.

Asma Jehangir contended that as a lawyer, she could only convey the court order to her client, but could not force him to come. The chief justice said Haqqani had given an undertaking to the court about his return, so morally he should abide by his undertaking.

Hussain Haqqani was allowed to leave the country with the commitment on January 30,