Prime Minister Gilani has accepted the resignation of the Pakistan Ambassador to US, Mr Hussain Haqqani, following the memo scandal that has strained the already uneasy relations existing between the political setup in power and the armed forces and raised a countrywide hue and cry demanding an impartial inquiry into the matter. Mr Gilani has maintained that Mr Haqqanis stepping aside would facilitate such an inquiry to take place. The Ambassador appeared before President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, COAS General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and ISI chief Lt-General Ahmad Shuja Pasha on Tuesday to explain his position about the memo sent by a US-Pakistani national Mansoor Ijaz to former American military chief Admiral Mike Mullen through the courtesy of General James Jones. Neither the fact that the memo was sent, nor its contents are any longer in doubt. However, it is not clear who initiated the memo and at whose behest it was sent. Mr Haqqani hotly denies any knowledge about the memo at all, but Mr Ijaz equally strongly alleges that it was on the Ambassadors initiative that he had passed on the memo to the American authorities. The second point in the memo is about inviting the US involvement into the internal affairs of Pakistan, while the third, greatly exercising the minds of the people, is the question about the reality of the situation vis--vis the government-army relations soon after the May 2 Abbottabad raid i.e. was there any real danger of the military staging a coup which had led to the seeking of US intervention? In order to set the record straight, the government should, without losing any time, constitute a judicial commission, as demanded by some of the opposition political forces in the country, to hold a thorough inquiry into this highly scandalous memogate. Under the conditions prevailing in the country, a judicial inquiry alone would be considered credible by the public. The terms of reference of the inquiry should be clear enough about exposing the characters involved in the dirty affair. And all of them should be taken to task without fear or favour. If the commission concludes that the memo is suggestive of a case of high treason, they should be tried in a court of law and, if found guilty, awarded the prescribed punishment.