Tariq Fatemi denies all allegations in relation to Dawn Leaks

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ISLAMABAD, May 2: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi on Tuesday has denied all the accusations leveled against him in relation to an article published in Dawn newspaper in October, detailing high-level security talks.

In a farewell letter, Fatemi said that “such suggestions are particularly hurtful to someone who has served the country for nearly five decades with honour and dignity.”

“I have had the honor of working directly under distinguished diplomats, both professional as well as political appointees, all of whom reposed their highest trust in my abilities particularly so, in my lifelong commitment to discretion,” he added.

He said that his commitment to Pakistan, his passion for diplomacy and association with the Foreign Service family will continue whereas he also assured to be available for any assistance or support.

Fatemi’s reaction comes after PM Nawaz Sharif ordered to remove him as special assistant and Rao Tehsin Ali as Principal Information Officer on the suggestions of the inquiry committee formed to probe Dawn story.

As per notification, Daily Dawn, Mr. Zafar Abbas and Mr. Cyril Almeida will be referred to All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) for necessary disciplinary action against them.

“The APNS shall also be asked to develop a Code of Conduct for the print media especially when dealing with issues relating to security of Pakistan and to ensure that stories on issues of national important and security are published by abiding basic journalistic and editorial norms,” it stated.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Pakistan Army rejected the notification, saying that it was not in the line with recommendations of Inquiry Board.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar responded to the rejection and said that such tweets were poisonous for democracy.

On the other hand, Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said government has decided to issue new notification today that will be according to the inquiry committee report.

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