Committee formed to probe ‘planted’ story

Sophia Siddiqui

islamabad—The government Monday constituted a committee headed by Justice retired Aamer Raza Khan to probe into a planted story published in Dawn newspaper about a high level huddle on national security. .
The committee will include one member each from the ISI, MI and IB Secretary Establishment Tahir Shahbaz, Ombudsman Punjab Najam Saeed and Director FIA are also part of the committee..
Earlier the Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan had stated that probe would be over the leak of sensitive but false information, adding that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif wanted to find out as to who the informant was.
On October 29, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took back the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage from Pervaiz Rashid, weeks after the military’s top commanders said a ‘false and fabricated’ newspaper report breached national security.
“The planted story related to the NSC and NAP meeting published in Daily Dawn on 6th October was a breach of national security. Evidence available so far points to a lapse on part of information minister, who has been directed to step down from office to enable holding of an independent and detailed inquiry,” said the PM House statement. The Dawn newspaper had published the story on October 6, 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.

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