Sharif sacks trusted aide after news leak scandal

Sharif sacks trusted aide after news leak scandal

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday sacked his special assistant on foreign affairs Tariq Fatemi after an inquiry found him guilty of “leaking” to a newspaper vital information from a high-level security meet.
Sharif approved an inquiry committee’s recommendation to remove Fatemi from his post. The inquiry committee was set up last year to probe the controversy surrounding a controversial report by daily Dawn about a key meeting on national security.
In October, a columnist for Dawn newspaper wrote a front-page story about a rift between civilian and military leaderships over militant groups that operate from Pakistan but engage in proxy war against India and Afghanistan.
The committee, headed by Justice (retd) Aamir Raza Khan, included representatives of the Intelligence Bureau, the Military Intelligence and the Inter-Services Investigation. The report had said that political leadership had accused army in the high-level meeting to stop creating hurdles in the way of crackdown on some militant entities.
The government denied its role but the army took a strong acceptance to the story and relations between army and the civil government deteriorated.
The PML-N government was forced to remove then information minister Pervaiz Rasheed but a probe was also initiated at the demand of army to fix the responsibility. The report was submitted to the prime minister this week. According to the inquiry report, Fatemi was primarily responsible for leaking the report of the key meeting, and Sharif took action against him.

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