Fatemi’s portfolio to be changed, Rao Tehsin to face removal

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Dawn Leaks inquiry report submitted to Nisar

No evidence found against Pervez Rashid

Sophia Siddiqui

Islamabad

Interior Minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan had a meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif here on Tuesday and dis-cussed with him matters related to report prepared by the inquiry committee on Dawn leaks, sources said. The report was presented to Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan on the same day. The report will be presented to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today (Wednesday).
The government had formed a seven member inquiry committee headed by a retired judge Justice Aamer Raza Khan in November last year to ascertain the source who leaked information about a high level meet-ing between top military and civilian leadership.
The inquiry committee comprised one member each from the ISI, MI and IB, Secretary Establishment Tahir Shahbaz, Ombudsman Punjab Najam Saeed, and an FIA director.
According to sources, Tariq Fatemi also held a meet-ing with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday and the issue of Dawn leaks was discussed.
According to sources, the inquiry committee has rec-ommended removal of Fatemi and Rao Tehseen from offices. Rao Tehseen is principal information officer at the Press Information Department.
According to sources, the government is likely to change the portfolio of Tariq Fatemi, who is currently serving as Special Assistant to the PM on Foreign Af-fairs. Rao Tehsin however will be removed.
The English-language daily, Dawn, had published a story by staffer Cyril Almeida on 6 October last year about alleged civil-military rift during the National Se-curity Committee (NSC) meeting.
The story stirred a major controversy last year, result-ing in Almeida coming under fire from the military and government and being temporarily placed on the Exit Control List.
Meanwhile, according to sources, mobile forensics data of Senator Pervaiz Rashid was also made part of the report by the inquiry committee, which could not find any evidence against the former information minis-ter.
On October 29, following a preliminary investigation, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took back the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage from Pervaiz Rashid, after the military’s top commanders said the ‘false and fabricated’ report published in the Dawn newspaper breached national security.
PID officer Rao Tehseen’s mobile phone forensics data as well as data from the Safe City Project is part of the inquiry committee report.

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