The appearance of the memo admittedly drafted by the American business tycoon of Pakistani origin, Mansoor Ijaz, and allegedly dictated by former Ambassador to Washington, Hussain Haqqani, has created a furore in Islamabads corridors of power. It was, reportedly, sent soon after the May 2 incident. Purportedly, it was sent to the then Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Admiral Mike Mullen, requesting support for the civilian government in Pakistan alleging that the military was planning a coup d'tat, and promising the removal of pro-Taliban officers in the Pak Army, including the current army and ISI Chiefs. Without an iota of doubt, these assurances to a foreign power are tantamount to treason. But with Ijaz spilling the beans in his article that was published in the Financial Times on October 10, it has become a serious issue that surely needs to be thoroughly investigated. Initially, Admiral Mullen denied having received the memo. However, a couple of weeks later, under mounting pressure, he acknowledged receiving it, but declared that no action was taken. The case was compounded with the former National Security Advisor (NSA) to President Barack Obama, Lieutenant General James Jones, who confirmed that he was the intermediary who delivered the memo to Mullen for Ijaz. Although Ambassador Haqqani denied masterminding the memo, yet he was summoned by the leadership in Islamabad to explain his role in the scandal. Meanwhile, the American businessman not only released transcripts of the communication between him and the Ambassador through email and BlackBerry, but also offered to appear before an inquiry committee in Pakistan. Reportedly, Ijaz met DG ISI in London and by the time Haqqani appeared in person, the army was baying for his blood. Consequently, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani sought Haqqanis resignation, which was promptly accepted and his replacement was named post-haste. However, the buck doesnt stop here, since the charges are so serious that it is imperative that the real perpetrators of the heinous crime are exposed. Needless to say, a number of questions yet remain unanswered. To start with, after the May 2 Abbottabad operation, the armed forces of Pakistan were pushed with their backs to the wall, bearing the brunt of public outcry for failing to detect the US ingress into Pakistani territory, as well as being ignorant of Osama bin Ladens presence in the city. However, it was the Pakistan Peoples Partys government that not only reposed confidence in the army, but also supported it. On its part, the military willingly briefed Parliament on the Abbottabad fiasco and also presented itself for accountability. Under these circumstances, firstly, the question of staging a coup d'tat does not arise. Secondly, why did Admiral Mullen, who now says that he did not act on the memo, viciously chastise Pakistan and the ISI at his testimony at Capitol Hill just a week before his retirement? Maybe, because the Admiral, who was considered as mild-mannered and having excellent relations with General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, had a long tte--tte with the COAS at Seville, Spain, only a few days before. Definitely the surreptitious memo took the toll of his placid demeanour, which eventually led to fiery outbursts. More so, although the government has appointed an inquiry committee, yet PML-N Chief Mian Nawaz Sharif has rightly filed a petition in the Supreme Court seeking a probe into the memo scandal. Another question that remains unanswered is about Ijazs credibility. Under his own admission and, according to Indian columnist Jaideep E. Menons oped, titled Musawer Mansoor Ijaz - America's Secret Emissary, the American businessman visited Srinagar and was accompanied and guided throughout his visit in Kashmir by the Indian intelligence agency, RAW, and military officials. The severity of the case makes it imperative that after a thorough and impartial investigation, the real perpetrators are identified and dealt with severely. A horrible example must be made of those who plot against the State and its institutions. However, a riposte has already been launched for damage control. A number of analysts assume that with the government pushed against the wall, it called in its allies, who conducted the heinous and unprovoked attack on the Salala check post and butchered 28 Pakistani army personnel. The memo scandal was, thus, relegated to the backburner amid the condemnation of the attack. It seems that the memogate scandal and act of treason have been successfully buried amid the hate and anger unleashed in the aftermath of the attack. But it is the media that has to sift through the fog of war and get to the bottom of the truth to identify the real culprits, who are disloyal to the State. The writer is a political and defence analyst. Email: sultanm.hali@gmail.com