Pakistan information minister Pervaiz Rasheed was told to resign following a Dawn report on a secret government-military exchange.
Rasheed is believed to be responsible for the leaks of the meeting and subsequent publication of a story in the Pakistani publication.
A statement from Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s office had said the controversial story was a breach to national security and evidence so far collected links Rashid responsible for the lapse.
In addition, Principal Information officer (PIO) Rao Tehsin Ali Khan has been removed from his post as he was also found responsible for the publication of the story.
To know about the interests and motives and expose all those responsible for this episode, Sharif had ordered an inquiry into the leak of the story and assigned Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan the job.
The Dawn newspaper on October 6 published the story, in which journalist Cyril Almeida had written about an alleged civil-military rift during the National Security Committee (NSC) meeting over the issue of tackling jihadi outfits.
The story created flutter in Pakistan’s political corridors and demands were raised for an investigation. It cost Almeida placement of his name on the Exit Control List for less than a week, before the government eventually lifted his travel ban.
The report stated that the civilian government had a face-off with the director general of Pakistan’s spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence, Rizwan Akhtar, during a recent meeting. The Sharif government told military officials “to either act against all militants or face international isolation” during a high-level meeting.
Reacting on the surprise ‘sacking’ of the senior leader of the ruling PML-N, PTI chairman Imran Khan tweeted :
The Dawn report was published on September 18, a little under three weeks after the militant attack on the Indian Army camp in Kashmir’s Uri sector, which killed 19 soldiers.