The content of the memo that then US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman, Adm (retd) Mike Mullen, has admitted receiving from Pakistani-American businessman Manzur Ejaz, purportedly sent at the behest of President Asif Zardari and Pakistani Ambassador to the USA, Hussain Haqqani, would have amounted to a flagrant propositioning of the US. If sent with the Presidents consent, the making of these demands, though not accepted, would amount to a surrender of sovereignty that would render any government liable to charges of treason. Admiral Mullens admission that he received the memo in May, at the fag-end of his tenure, at the time of the Abbottabad raid, is a new twist in the saga, and the release of the memos text has caused a greater interest in whether President Zardari had indeed sanctioned it. If indeed he did, then he would have agreed to, among other things, a complete revamp of the national security apparatus, including the appointment of a new national security advisor, and to the revelation that COAS Gen Ashfaqe Pervez Kayani required the US to tell him to lay off the civilian establishment. The proposed national security adviser was supposed to have ordered the holding of an enquiry into the Abbottabad incident, and into complicity of any officials, whether of the military, the intelligence agencies, or civilian, into harbouring him. The USA was invited to suggest names to the panel, if it so wished. The memo not only promises to share the findings, but predicts the termination from service of complicit officers. The assumption of their presence in Pakistan leading to a promise of the hand-over of wanted persons is also made, including of Dr Ayman Al-Zawahiri, Mullah Omar, and Sirajuddin Haqqani, or of a green light for US operations against them is also included. The memo also offers up the nations nuclear deterrent, on the plea that the nuclear assets are legitimate targets. Also on offer were the abolition of the ISI directorate responsible for Afghanistan and the handing over of anyone India wanted in connection with the 2008 Mumbai attacks. The memo is itself an indictment and seems to attract treason charges. If the alleged link to the President is shown, he will have much to answer for. However, so far there has only been a trading of charges. What is needed is for Parliament to thrash out the whole matter, probably in the kind of joint session that originally looked into the Abbottabad raid. In its own way, this memo affair is as serious a threat to Pakistani sovereignty as the raid itself proved to be. There is an immediate need to give President Zardari, Ambassador Haqqani and Mr Manzur Ejaz, the opportunity to clear their names. This must be done at the highest possible forum and at the soonest.