Dawn Leaks: PM Nawaz Sharif summons Nisar-Dar to Lahore
LAHORE: The Dawn leaks controversy does not seem to die down any time soon after Pakistan Army rejected the notification issued by the Prime Minister office. Interior Ministry Ch Nisar Ali Khan and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar statements could not pacify the situation and stalemate continues between civil and military over the issue of the Dawn Leaks.
Due to the sensitivity of the issue Prime Minister has summoned Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar for a meeting in Lahore on Sunday.
According to reports, an important meeting in Raiwind is expected to discuss recommendations on Dawn leaks issue. Country’s prevailing political situation will also be discussed in the meeting.
An article published in the English-language Dawn newspaper in October, detailing high-level security talks, had angered the army and led to the firing of then-Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid.
After an inquiry into a newspaper leak, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday sacked Special Advisor on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi and ordered action against Principal Information Secretary Rao Tehsin.
The prime minister’s office, in a statement, said Nawaz Sharif had “approved the recommendations” from the report into the leak, which included the removal of Tariq Fatemi from his post. The notification added Rao Tehsin Ali, principal information officer at the information ministry, will also be sanctioned on the basis of the report, which has not yet been published.
The Dawn newspaper, its editor Zafar Abbas and article author, Cyril Almeida, have been referred to the All Pakistan Newspaper Society for “necessary disciplinary action”.
But the army swiftly rejected Sharif’s directive.