Dawn leaks’ inquiry report will be made public: Ishaq Dar

Islamabad [Pakistan], Mar. 30 : Pakistani Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has said the Dawn leaks' inquiry report will be published, unlike findings of other commissions in the past.

Speaking to a private TV channel on Wednesday, Dar said the commission, which was formed on November 7 last year, could not be influenced since it is headed by an honourable judge, and its members also include intelligence officials, reports the Express Tribune.

He said the commission will finalise its report soon and it will be made public. The Dawn staffer Cyril Almeida's story, 'Act against militants or face international isolation, civilians tell military' published on October 6 last year, came under much fire as it reported an alleged rift between the country's powerful military and the government for its failure to act against non-state actors.

It described what transpired in a high-level meeting in which the civil leadership allegedly criticised the military's policies on militancy.

Almeida's name was even added to the Exit Control List to prevent him from traveling abroad. However, it was later removed. The government repeatedly rebutted the story as 'false and fabricated', and the military leadership went on to call it a 'breach of national security'.

The Pakistan Government also sacked information minister Pervaiz Rashid after preliminary investigations established a 'lapse' on his part vis-a-vis the publication of the controversial story.

Source: ANI