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Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United States is fighting a Pakistani court that ordered him to return to Islamabad to answer charges from a judicial inquiry that accused him of “disloyalty” over the so-called “Memogate” affair.

Husain Haqqani, now an adviser to the Washington-based lobbying firm of Cassidy and Associates, would be risking his life if he were to return, his Pakistani attorney, Asma Jahangir, told the Pakistan Supreme Court this week.

“It is enormously risky for Haqqani to attend the hearing in person,” she said. “Security of his life outweighs the requirement of him being physically present at the hearing.”

The inquiry accused Mr. Haqqani of misusing his position as ambassador last year by sending a letter to the Pentagon to seek U.S. help to prevent a possible overthrow of the civilian government by military leaders upset over the American commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden, who was hiding in a Pakistani garrison town.

Mr. Haqqani has denied any part in the affair.

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