The Office of the Prime Minister issued directive to have Syed Tareq Fatemi removed from his post as special assistant to the prime minister on foreign affairs.
The directive came soon after an inquiry committee probe into a story published by Dawn on the 6th October, 2016. The findings of the committee were presented to the prime minister on the 26th April, 2017 following which Tareq Fatemi was removed from his post. The statement did not mention why this action was taken. A few hours after the directives were issued to remove Tareq Fatemi and take action against Rao Tehsin owing to the charges levelled against him in the report, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major Asif Ghafoor tweeted,
Notification on Dawn Leaks is incomplete and not in line with recommendations by the Inquiry Board. Notification is rejected.
The committee in question was formed in November last year to prove the story which leaked high-level civil-military meeting details. Initially, the leaks were rejected by the Office of the Prime Minister however, the military demanded a probe into the matter. Initially, it led to the sacking of Pervaiz Rasheed as the information minister. The inquiry committee held Cyril Almeida responsible for disclosing the details and as such, his name was placed on the Exit Control List (ECL). It was later removed the Interior Ministry. Dawn News in an Editor’s note stated that the story on record was verified, cross-checked and fact-checked. The PM’s Office referred Dawn News to the All Pakistan Newspapers Society for ‘necessary disciplinary action’ however, the charges were not levelled at that point.
Tareq Fatemi being relieved of his position is a major step taken by the government in this regard. Details regarding the decision are still lacking. The story in question is linked below:Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.