Military denies seeking action against Dawn staffer: report
KARACHI: Pakistan’s military has not demanded action against the Daily Dawn and its staffer who penned a report about a conversation between a ruling party leader and chief of the Inter-Services Intelligence at a high level security meeting that took place on Oct 7 , Geo News quoted unnamed security officials as saying on Tuesday.
“We have never sought action against the newspaper and the journalist, we haven’t asked for putting anybody on ECL” Shahzeb Khanzada, host of Geo News current affairs show, quoted the military sources as saying.
The military officials said action was sought against those who leaked the highly sensitive information from an important meeting instead of those who reported the issue.
“We have reservations as to why the story was distorted,” the sources said.
Cyril Almeida, an assistant editor at Dawn, the country´s oldest English daily, announced early Tuesday he had been placed on the “Exit Control List”.
His report published on Thursday prompted threats on social media and was denied three times by the office of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in language branded by Amnesty as “chilling” and a “crude intimidation tactic designed to silence journalists”.