As the memo scandal continues to grip the nation, the long meeting between COAS General Kayani and Prime Minister Gilani at Islamabad on Friday was intended to de-escalate the tension that political circles believed had arisen between the civilian government and the armed forces on this issue. The perception of the tension was based on the written statements filed by the army and ISI in the Supreme Court on the memo, which were contrary to the point of view expressed in the federations statement at the court and the known position of the government. However, a brief official press release issued after the above meeting rejected the 'rumour about the civilian authority-army standoff. It said, The Prime Minister and the army chief also agreed that replies forwarded by the COAS and DG ISI were in response to the notice of the Honourable Court, through proper channel and in accordance with the rules of business..(and) taking serious note of the rumours regarding a confrontation over the memo issue, the Prime Minister strongly rejected the notion. Besides, they pointed out that there was need for unity to meet the on-going challenges. However, certain sources sense that this understanding was reached only after the armys contention that unguarded, pernicious and accusatory outbursts like Mr Babar Awans had to be stopped. On the other hand, Mr Gilani, addressing the PPP parliamentary party, declared that the memo was a conspiracy against democracy and the government and that it would put up a stout defence against it. Every passing day witnesses noteworthy developments on the scandal that has become the focus of the media as well as the public. President Zardari has hurled a challenge that should he be removed under Article 47 of the Constitution, his manifesto for the next election would be, We do not accept this Constitution. Now former US National Security Advisor General James Jones, who delivered the memo to Admiral Mike Mullen, thinks that Ambassador Haqqani had no knowledge of it because Mansoor Ijaz never mentioned his name. And Mr Ijaz, on his part, recants the allegation attributed to US intelligence that DG ISI General Pasha had travelled to Arab and certain other countries and sought and obtained their consent to remove the President. PML-N Chief Mian Nawaz Sharif has approached the apex court with the plea that it call Pakistans Ambassador to the UK Wajid Shamsul Hassan and two journalists to the court as respondents on the memo. Among all the confused and contradictory pleas coming from different sides there exists an irrefutable reality: the memo. Whatever excuses that are being put forward by those who believe the Supreme Court has no jurisdiction in the case, it cannot be denied that it is the only institution, which at present enjoys widespread trust in the country. Let it examine the evidence and pronounce its verdict.