Travel ban on Pak ‘rift’ reporter
A widely reported behind-the-scenes showdown between the civilian government and military establishment of Pakistan has landed the newspaper Dawn which revealed the details and its reporter Cyril Almeida in trouble.
A few days ago, Dawn had published a report according to which the simmering differences between the Army and the government had come to a boil after India’s diplomatic campaign to isolate Pakistan following the Uri attack. The report was based on inputs Almeida said were given by officials present at two closed-door meetings. Dawn had carried the report in detail, almost verbatim.
Rattled by the news story, the government has denied it several times. When the dust is about to settle down, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s office has warned of “stern action” againsr those responsible for a news story that “risked the vital state interests through inclusion of inaccurate and misleading contents which had no relevance to actual discussion and facts”.
The government ‘action’ came to public knowledge on Tuesday when Almeida tweeted that his name had been added to the official ‘exit control list.’
Dawn Editor Zafar Abbas was quoted as saying that he would stand by the report which, he said, was “verified, cross-checked and fact-checked” with those present at the meetings.