Lahore (August 22, 2017): Former Information Minister Pervez Rashid on Tuesday stated that he was ousted even before emergence of joint investigation team s report on Dawn Leaks issue.
He demanded that the Dawn Leaks inquiry report should be made public, justifying the decision to take back the ministry from him.
“I don’t have anything to do with Dawn Leaks, my job was snatched from me before the report [of the Joint Investigation Team probing the issue] was released,” said Rashid.
The report should definitely be made public, he said, adding “I know those making the report must have worked hard in order to justify why the ministry was taken from me.”In Monday’s press briefing, DG Inter-Services Public Relations Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor had said that the army would not bring forth the report it was the government’s job, for which the requests should be made to it.
In an earlier press conference, disgruntled senior PML-N leader Chaudhry Nisar had also demanded that the Dawn Leaks report should be made public.
Earlier, Rashid, in an interview to a private news channel, said that “decisions were taken against us while the interior minister was in power,” he said, in an apparent statement against Nisar.Following this, Nisar hit back saying some people have put the entire blame for their mistakes on the interior ministry and establishment. In a reference to the Dawn Leaks JIT commission, the former interior minister said that “a five-member committee comprising of members from federal and provincial institutions gave a decision against them.
Last year in October, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif had taken back the portfolio of 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.Former principal information officer Rao Tehsin Ali and ex-special assistant to the PM Tariq Fatemi were also sacked.
Both the government as well as the military denied the news and a committee was set up to look into the reportage.
The daily and the journalist were referred to All Pakistan Newspapers Society for disciplinary action whereas three of the government officials were sacked on the other hand.