LAHORE - Former ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani said on Saturday that the Supreme Court was giving verdicts on ‘ideological grounds rather than legal’, and it was for this reason that all judgements were unanimous.

In an interview to a private TV channel, he said no dissenting note had been given by any of the 17 judges of the apex court in any case. This, he said, clearly meant that the basis of all decisions was ideological, not legal.

This is the first time that anybody has made such remarks about the working of the country’s top court.

Answering a question, he reiterated that he was not coming to Pakistan ‘for the time being’ because of medical reasons and threats to his life. He said he could not trust the guarantees of those who failed to save the slain Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer.

He said propaganda against him had created a situation that he could be killed by anyone. He did not say when he would return to Pakistan.

He complained he had not been given treatment equal to Mansoor Ijaz, whose statement had been recorded through video link.

Haqqani said now the memo commission would continue its proceedings without his statement.

In response to a question, he said if Prime Minister Gilani was removed on contempt charges, the next head of the government would again face charges of hijacking, an allegation which was made the basis of overthrow of the Nawaz Sharif government.

Answering another question, the former ambassador said some people in the military institution thought that it was only their right to define the ‘national interest’ of Pakistan.

He said in Pakistan only that person was suitable to become a diplomat who was a conformist.

He said the competence of such people could be gauged from the fact that they did not know that Osama Bin Laden was in Pakistan and they learnt about the US operation in Abbottabad only when it was under way.

Responding to a question, he said he had indicated to the Pakistan authorities that a day would come when the US would ask how OBL had been living here and under whose shelter.  He claimed former ISI chief Gen Pasha had not conducted any inquiry against him. Instead, he said the general was ‘impressed’ by the four-hour meeting he had with Mansoor Ijaz.