The Supreme Court on Monday summoned the Secretary Interior to appear in person on Tuesday and apprise it about the stance of government for providing security to former ambassador of Pakistan to the US Hussain Haqqani during his stay in Pakistan in connection with recording of a judicial statement.

The nine-member bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry issued the directive after hearing contentions of Asma Jahangir, counsel for Hussain Haqqani, in the Memo Commission's findings.

Replying to a bench's question regarding submission of an affidavit by her client to return to the country within four days of the notice, she said that the situation at that time was different when she filed an undertaking on behalf of her client.

She said that her client had returned and appeared before the Commission but Mansoor Ijaz, US-Pakistani businessman, who kicked off the memo controversy, declined to arrive by citing security reasons.

His statement was also recorded through video conferencing but her client was deprived of such facility, she added.

The counsel said that her client was not granted any concession rather it was his right which was usurped.

Asma Jahangir said that her client could not remain here for long as he had to do a lot of business outside and if security for his arrival, stay and departure was granted, she would seek instructions from her client.

Justice Mian Saqib Nisar observed that the order was not stricto sancto in nature and reminded her that she herself had filed an undertaking on behalf of her client, which must be given legal sanctity.

He questioned if a person submitted a dubious undertaking, then what would be the legal course?

Asma said that the statement of her client was not recorded by the Commission.

The Chief Justice told her that they had to respect and honour finding of the Commission and were providing her client an opportunity to appear and record his statement.

The counsel argued that his life would be in danger in Pakistan and termed it a trick for her client.

The Chief Justice told her that they would ask the government about provision of security and protection to her client as it had done in the case of a Baloch leader, for which they were thankful to the authorities concerned.

Replying to a bench's query, Attorney General for Pakistan Irfan Qadir said that in his capacity as law officer, he could not give such guarantee, however, the government functionaries could be approached over the issue.

He requested the bench to dispense with Haqqani's presence.

Regrading the bench's suggestion about provision of security to her client, Asma Jehangir said that she would require time for seeking instructions.

Replying to another question, she apprised that as a representative of the United Nations, she would not be available during December 24 to 29.