Khawaja Asif Leaves for Dubai and may resign

Defence Minister Khawaja Asif along with his family has left for Dubai on Saturday amid political tensions in the country. Earlier, Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid was suspended from his post. The removal came in the wake of civil-military leadership leaked conversation that appeared in a local newspaper.

The ministry has been taken back from Rashid until the probe of a leaked story published in DAWN is completed. An inquiry committee was constituted which is probing how the story was leaked. The committee comprises senior officials of ISI, MI and IB. English newspaper DAWN published a 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.

The story drew an outpour of criticism with the military stating that it was fed to the reporter and demanded investigations into it. It cost Almeida placement of his name on the Exit Control List for less than a week before the government eventually lifted his travel ban.

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