No record of who leaked ‘false story’ of high level meeting

Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Sunday said that there is a consensus between the civilian and military leadership that whoever leaked the ‘false story’ of a high-level meeting should be exposed.

Briefing the media about Pervaiz Rashid’s suspension as information minister, Nisar said that on the basis of initial probe he can say that there is no record as to who leaked the story.

Nisar said Pervez Rashid did not make any attempt to stop news story from being published.

“Pervez Rashid should have told the journalist concerned that the news is incorrect and this should not be published in the national interest… and upon resistance he could have asked, Zafar Abbas (the editor of the newspaper), not to run the story,” Nisar said.

While refuting the events quoted in the story published in local daily he said the report that a dispute occurred between the Punjab chief minister and the ISI chief on ‘non-state actors’ was absolutely baseless.

“There has always been a consensus between the civil-military leadership on non-state actors,” he said.

Nisar said the decision to remove the information minister from his seat was taken on the findings of initial investigation in the matter and the army was taken into confidence before announcing it publicly.

He said an official inquiry will be conducted into the high-profile incident.

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