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Pakistan PM sacks aide over news leak, army vetoes move

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Difference between army and govt came to the fore after the military rejected Nawaz Sharif’s (pix) notification to sack special foreign affairs assistant Fatemi following findings of a probe panel.

Islamabad : The Pakistan Army on Saturday rejected the federal government’s notification on the Dawn leaks inquiry, saying it is incomplete and not in line with the recommendations made by the inquiry board.

“Notification on Dawn Leak is incomplete and not in line with recommendations by the Inquiry Board. Notification is rejected,” Director General, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor tweeted.


The tweet came minutes after Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) government released a notification stating that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had approved the recommendations of the Dawn Leak inquiry committee.

Sharif also approved the recommendations of the Dawn leaks inquiry committee to remove Tariq Fatemi as advisor on Foreign Affairs.  Fatemi was removed over his alleged role in the Dawn leaks controversy.

“Allocation of portfolio of Foreign Affairs to Syed Tariq Fatemi, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, shall be withdrawn,” ARY News quoted a letter from the Prime Minister’s Office, as saying.

 According to a notification from the PMO, action will also be taken on the findings of the report against Rao Tehseen Ali, the Principal Information Officer at the Foreign Office.

 The notification added that the role of the editor of Dawn Newspaper, Zaffar Abbas, and reporter Cyril Almeida will be referred to the All Pakistan Newspaper Association (APNS) for necessary disciplinary action.

 APNS has also been asked to develop a code of conduct for the print media, especially when dealing with issues relating to national security, and to ensure that stories are published by abiding to basic journalistic and editorial norms, the notification said.   — ANI