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Nawaz Sharif sacks his special assistant on foreign affairs Tariq Fatemi

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday sacked his special assistant on foreign affairs Tariq Fatemi after approving the recommendations of the Dawn leaks inquiry committee.


By   |  Updated On : April 29, 2017 08:33 PM
Tariq Fatemi

Tariq Fatemi

New Delhi :  

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday sacked his special assistant on foreign affairs Tariq Fatemi after approving the recommendations of the Dawn leaks inquiry committee.

Fatemi was removed over his alleged role in the Dawn leaks controversy.

"Allocation of portfolio of Foreign Affairs to Syed Tariq Fatemi, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, shall be withdrawn," ARY News quoted a letter from the Prime Minister's Office.

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According to a notification from the PMO, action will also be taken on the findings of the report against Rao Tehseen Ali, the Principal Information Officer at the Foreign Office.

The notification added that the role of the editor of Dawn Newspaper, Zaffar Abbas, and reporter Cyril Almeida will be referred to the All Pakistan Newspaper Association (APNS) for necessary disciplinary action.

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Pakistan government had set up an inquiry committee headed by former Lahore High Court Judge Amir Raza with representatives of the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), the Intelligence Bureau and the Military Intelligence to probe the controversy surrounding a report by Dawn about a key meeting on national security. 

The inquiry committee report held Fatemi primarily responsible for leaking minutes of the key meeting to the newspaper without due permission.

First Published: Saturday, April 29, 2017 08:01 PM


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