Information Ministry taken back from Pervaiz Rashid

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has taken 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.

According to a statement from the government, the ministry has been taken back from Rashid until the probe of the story published in English newspaper Dawn is completed.

The statement further said that the evidence available pointed to negligence on part of the information minister.

An inquiry committee has been constituted which will probe the story published in the English newspaper. The committee comprises senior officials of ISI, MI and IB. The committee also includes high-ranking police officials. The committee will be tasked with finding out what were the interests and goals of the story.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan will hold a news conference on Sunday regarding Pervaiz Rashid being removed.

English newspaper Dawn published the story on October 6, in which journalist Cyril Almeida had written about an alleged civilian and military rift during the National Security Committee (NSC) meeting over the issue of tackling jihadi outfits.

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