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Rao Tehseen to take Nawaz Govt. to court over dismissal in “Dawn Leaks”

ISLAMABAD, MAY 01, (DNA) – Principal Information Officer (PIO) Rao Tehseen has stated that he will challenge the findings of the Dawn Leaks inquiry commission in court. He said that the commission did not identify the actual leak so how could they ask for his resignation?

Rao Tehseen is emphasizing that he had nothing to do with the leak and said that his lawyer has asked for the inquiry commission’s confidential report. All political parties and many in the media have been demanding the release of the full report of the inquiry committee.

Mr. Tehseen’s removal was one of the clauses of the notification released by the Prime Minister’s office after the submission of the inquiry commission’s report.

Previously, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Tariq Fatemi also refused to resign from his post and had stated that he was not a part of the Dawn Leaks controversy. He was subsequently removed from his post.

The nature of the charges against both, Mr. Fatemi and Mr. Tehseen remain unclear however both have denied any involvement in the controversy. Pervaiz Rasheed, ex-Information Minister, has so far maintained total silence.

Within hours of the notification’s release it had been rejected by the Army and subsequently withdrawn by the government. Chaudhry Nisar, Interior Minister, stated that the matter was being handled by his office and the notification released by the PM’s Secretary did not have bearing on the official decision of the government regarding the matter of the leaks.

Many in Islamabad’s official and media circles believe that Fawad Hassan Fawad, Secretary to the Prime Minister, was also involved in the “Dawn leaks”.

On Sunday, a meeting was convened in Lahore by the Prime Minister to discuss the recent developments, attended by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Fawad Hassan Fawad – whose office released the notification in question – and Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his son Hamza Shehbaz.

Media speculated, quoting sources, that PM Nawaz has tasked Ch. Nisar and CM Shahbaz to reduce tensions with the military on Dawn Leaks and ISPR press-release of “rejection” of PM’s Notification of recommendations. However Prime Minister’s daughter, Maryam Nawaz tweeted that no one has been tasked with any assignment in the meeting.=DNA


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