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Siddiqul Farooq comes up as contender for Information Minister’s post

LAHORE: Chairman Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) and senior leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Siddiqul Farooq on Friday expressed his desire to become Information Minister following the departure of Pervaiz Rashid over the security leak issue.

Farooq said that he was the best available option for the top slot of Information Ministry .

Elaborating his qualification for the portfolio, he said that in the past he had also worked with the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif  as his Press Secretary.

He has sent his data to the Prime Minister.

It is to be mentioned here that Parvaiz Rashid had resigned from his position as Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage for what government said lapse from his part regarding the security leak issue.

A statement issued by the Prime Minister’s office said: “Evidence available so far points to a lapse on part of the information minister, who has been directed to step down from the office to enable holding of an independent and detailed inquiry.”

The leaking of details of  the high-profile security meeting to a reporter has forced the government to initiate an inquiry to identify the person responsible for the leak.