Islamabad—Newspaper journalist Cyril Almeida on Thursday refused to record his statement before a government’s committee set up to hold an inquiry into his story about a purported confrontation between civilian government and military.
Prime Minister House and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif had called the report as fabricated.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif directed the interior ministry to hold an inquiry to determine who leaked the report.
A source says that Federal Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid, who is head of the inquiry committee, twice contacted Mr Almeida and asked him to record his statement.
The journalist, who was barred from travelling abroad until the completion of inquiry, refused to appear before the committee.