Nawaz Sharif Govt rejects report of any directive to army; calls it ‘speculative and misleading’

07 October 2016, 08:55 AM
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (File photo)
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (File photo)

The Nawaz Sharif government on Thursday night dismissed the reports of an undisclosed meeting between Pak govt and its army, in which it might have directed the military leadership to act against anti-India militants to save the country from international isolation. 

The Pakistani newspaper Dawn had on Thursday reported exclusively that in an unprecedented exchange between civilian government military top brass, it has been agreed that Pakistan will take immediate action against Hafiz Syeed and Masood Azhar along with Jaish-e-Mohd and Lashkar-e-Toiba. 

However, in an official statement issued by Pakistani Prime Minister’s Office, the Nawaz Sharif government ‘strongly rejected’ the report, calling it ‘not only speculative but misleading and factually incorrect’.

Read: Pak civilian govt tells its army to take action against terrorism mushrooming from its soil or else face international isolation

The official statement: 

“The Spokesman of the Prime Minister’s Office has strongly rejected a story published in Daily Dawn of October 6, 2016 regarding purported deliberations in a meeting on security issues. 

“The Spokesman has termed the contents of the story not only speculative but misleading and factually incorrect.  It is an amalgamation of fiction and half-truths which too are invariably reported out of context. The fact that the report itself states that none of the attributed statements were confirmed by the individuals mentioned in the story, clearly makes it an example of irresponsible reporting.

“It is imperative that those demanding the right to information at par with the international best practices, also act in a manner which is at par with international reporting norms and standards.”

First Published: Friday, October 07, 2016 08:52 AM

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