Dawn leaks: Tariq Fatemi calls allegations ‘baseless’

Dawn leaks: Tariq Fatemi calls allegations ‘baseless’

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister’s Special Assistant Tariq Fatemi has denied allegations as ‘baseless’, three days after he was sacked following an inquiry into Dawn newspaper leak.

According to our correspondent, Fatemi has written a farewell letter to the PM, denying all allegations as ‘baseless’.

“Such allegations are painful for a person who has served the country for five years… I’m ready for all kinds of assistance… My commitment with Pakistan and relation with ambassadorship will always live on,” he said in the letter.

On Saturday, the cabinet division issued a notification, ordering the withdrawal of the portfolio of Foreign Affairs from Fatemi.

Sharif’s office, in a statement, added Rao Tehsin Ali, principal information officer at the information ministry, will also be sanctioned on the basis of the report, which has not yet been published.

The Dawn newspaper, its editor Zafar Abbas and article author, Cyril Almeida, have been referred to the All Pakistan Newspaper Society for “necessary disciplinary action”.

But the army swiftly rejected Sharif’s directive.

“Notification on Dawn Leak is incomplete and not in line with recommendations by the Inquiry Board. Notification is rejected,” the military’s spokesman, Major General Asif Ghafoor, said on Twitter.

He did not elaborate on what other actions the government should take.

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