The Supreme Court of Pakistan will resume hearing a suo motu case related to the Memogate scandal of 2011 on Tuesday.

The Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, will head the three-member bench. Chief Justice Saqib Nisar will inquire about the steps taken by the government to bring former ambassador to the United States Hussain Haqqani back to Pakistan.

In this regard, notices has already been issued to the Attorney General and the Interior and Foreign Secretaries by the court. 

Earlier on March 28, the Supreme Court had given a deadline of 30 days to the government to bring Haqqani, the main accused in the scandal, back to the country.

The Chief Justice was infuriated at no positive development having been made regarding Haqqani’s return, and  remarked that the court would not accept any excuses after the deadline's expiration.

Memogate scandal

The Memogate controversy revolves around a memorandum allegedly drafted by Ambassador Haqqani at the behest of President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari and addressed to US Admiral Mike Mullen.

It ostensibly sought help of the Obama administration in the wake of the Osama bin Laden raid to avert a military takeover of the civilian government in Pakistan, as well as assisting in a civilian takeover of the government and military apparatus.

On January 3, 2013, Haqqani left the country with the commitment to come back on a four-day notice and the court had allowed him to go abroad. He, however, did not return to the country and breached his commitment with the court. On June 4, 2013, the court had directed the executive to bring him back.