Pakistan: ‘Dawn Story Was a Breach of National Security’

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

The government of Pakistan has concluded that a story published in the local newspaper Daily Dawn on 6th October was a breach of national security.

According to a statement released Saturday by the office of the Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, it was a planted story related to the meetings of National Security Council and the National Action Plan on counter-terrorism.

The Dawn article reported that Pakistan’s civilian government has informed the military leadership of a growing international isolation of Pakistan and sought consensus on several key actions by the state.

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According to the article, the government asked the military that it must act against local militants to avoid international isolation.

The government statement claims that the evidence available so far points to a lapse on part of Information Minister, Pervaiz Rashid, who has been directed to step down from office to enable holding of an independent and detailed inquiry.

It was also stated that a senior-level inquiry committee is being formed by the Government of Pakistan to clearly apportion blame, identify interests and motives, and expose all those responsible for this episode for stern action in the national interest.

Photo courtesy: Pakistan PM Office

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