Govt dismisses 'fabricated' report, reaffirms army's lead role in fight against terrorism

Published: October 10, 2016
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Taking serious notice of the violation, the PM directs that those responsible should be identified for stern action. PHOTO: PID/FILE

Taking serious notice of the violation, the PM directs that those responsible should be identified for stern action. PHOTO: PID/FILE

Army chief General Raheel Sharif called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday to discuss matters pertaining to national and regional security.

The participants of the meeting expressed concern over the publication of a ‘fabricated’ news story in Dawn newspaper which claimed the civilian government had asked military-led intelligence agencies not to interfere if law enforcement acts against militant groups which were considered ‘off-limits’ for civilian action.

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Rejecting claims made in the story, the government reaffirmed that the army and intelligence agencies shall continue to play a lead role in the fight against terrorism. The PM House statement added that the operation against terrorists was proceeding smoothly and without any discrimination whatsoever with complete consensus of all stakeholders.

The participants were also unanimous that the ‘fabricated’ story was clearly violative of universally acknowledged principles of reporting on national security issues. “It had risked the vital state interests through inclusion of inaccurate and misleading content which had no relevance to actual discussion and facts,” the statement added.

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The participants felt that it was imperative that print and electronic media refrained itself from speculative reporting and issues of national security and interests of the state. The prime minister took serious notice of the violation and directed that those responsible should be identified for stern action.

Finance Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif and DG ISI Lt. Gen. Rizwan Akhtar were present during the meeting.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • auginpk
    Oct 11, 2016 - 7:50AM

    Slowly every Pakistani will be knocking the same door which was allegedly knocked as per the report, which has caused so much denials.Recommend

  • Tanya Khan
    Oct 11, 2016 - 9:51AM

    Cyril ….. subtlety and hints were working for you….what made you come out in open man…..Sharifs are no less dictators in their style of governance…. they made you scapegoat….. anyways this time it was not journalism this time from you. It was pure effort absolving Sharifs from their disaster of a foreign policy…..ever wondered and ever questioned why we don’t have a full time foreign minister????? Recommend

  • mirestan
    Oct 13, 2016 - 5:07PM

    Now the reporter has to go back to Goa India. What a twist in the drama.?Recommend

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