Army rejects PM Office statement on Dawn Leaks report

Published: April 29, 2017
DG ISPR Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor. PHOTO: ISPR

DG ISPR Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor. PHOTO: ISPR

The Pakistan Army on Saturday afternoon rejected as ‘incomplete’ a notification from Prime Minister’s Office on Dawn Leaks.

The notification on Dawn Leaks is incomplete and not in line with recommendations by the inquiry board, DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor wrote on microblogging site Twitter.

The tweet came minutes after the Prime Minister’s Office said that Nawaz Sharif had accepted the inquiry committee’s recommendations. There was no immediate reaction from the Prime Minister House over the rejection of its notification.

Sources, however, told The Express Tribune that the prime minister has not reviewed the matter since he is on a political visit to Okara.

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It is expected that the premier will chair a meeting on Sunday on the Dawn Leaks issue to study options, including withdrawal of the notification that mainly holds his Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi and Principal Information Officer Rao Tehseen responsible.

Premier Sharif’s trusted aide Ameer Muqam said he was clueless about the Prime Minister House’s future course of action. “I haven’t been able to communicate with the prime minister. As soon as I get in touch with him and get to know the policy line, I’ll share with you,” he told The Express Tribune.

The government had set up the inquiry committee last year to probe the controversy surrounding a controversial report published in English-language daily Dawn about a high-level meeting on national security.

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According to the notice issued by the government, Premier Sharif approved the inquiry committee’s recommendations to remove Tariq Fatemi from his post. He also directed that the role of Dawn, its editor Zafar Abbas, and reporter Cyril Almeida in the instant matter shall be referred to the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) for necessary disciplinary action to be taken against them, the notice read.

The premier also approved the committee’s recommendation that PIO Rao Tehsin Ali shall be proceeded against under the E&D Rules 1973 on the charges based on findings in the instant report. Further necessary action may be taken accordingly by the concerned ministries and divisions, the notice added.

In the controversial story attributed to unnamed sources, Almeida had reported that in the Oct 3, 2016 high-level meeting on national security, the civilian leaders had spoken about the ‘growing diplomatic isolation’ of Pakistan for lack of action against some militant groups. Reportedly the ISI chief was present in the meeting attended by a number of functionaries, including Premier Nawaz Sharif and his brother Shehbaz Sharif.

The news report had whipped up a storm and while the federal government had repeatedly denied it as ‘fabricated and planted’, the military brass had called it a breach of trust on national security.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Parvez
    Apr 29, 2017 - 4:59PM

    Let us hope the army follows through and let’s us know who actually are responsible for this breach. Recommend

  • JKhan
    Apr 29, 2017 - 5:16PM

    A dumb government is expected to be mum.Recommend

  • Asad
    Apr 29, 2017 - 5:50PM

    We stand with our Army, these politicians can even sell this country. Recommend

  • Ameer Qaisrani
    Apr 29, 2017 - 10:41PM

    We(the whole nation) is with you our dear Pak Army!Recommend

  • Fariha
    Apr 29, 2017 - 11:05PM

    Nawaz Government is successfully paving way for martial law. It is real shame that this man didnt learn by his past mistakes of messing with Army. Each time he tried to buy off an army person, he ended up either being exiled or disqualified. Long Live Pakistan Army…Recommend

  • Simple Truth
    Apr 30, 2017 - 4:18AM

    Notification is rejected………… by who??? has this country sunk that low??? Obviously, constitution is out the window!Recommend

  • FAZ
    Apr 30, 2017 - 8:27AM

    Dear Army
    Please do the needful in JIT

    A citizen fed up of corruptionRecommend

  • skdking
    Apr 30, 2017 - 9:08AM

    I have full sympathies with Nawaz Shareef. And the worst part is that some of Pak intellectuals are welcoming these Army actions. Have they forgotten earlier Army dictatorsRecommend

  • ToThePoint
    Apr 30, 2017 - 11:56AM

    I am a strong believer of the army but it has clearly overstepped its limits by publicly rejecting this action. Nothing can justify a state institution ridiculing the elected government in this way. Army shshould take care to not make the mistakes of the past. That would be a great disservice.Recommend

    Apr 30, 2017 - 12:18PM

    this government has only agenda is to save Nawaz Sharif and his family at any cost very shameful act of PLMN Recommend

  • Sandip
    Apr 30, 2017 - 10:09PM

    Had this been any other country with a government worth it’s salt, this khakhi would have been summarily dismissed for this tweet along with the entire bunch of so called corp commanders for this temerity. And without any post service benefits, for that matter.Recommend

  • alex raju
    May 1, 2017 - 1:43PM

    next time okRecommend

  • azif
    May 1, 2017 - 4:53PM

    Cary on Pak Army . Zinda badRecommend

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