Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has held a meeting with his aide Tariq Fatemi, sources told amid reports that the Dawn leaks inquiry committee has recommended Fatemi’s removal from office.
Informed sources told Geo News that the Dawn leaks issue was discussed during the meeting, which took place earlier today.
Sources say the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister will be given a chance to present his version, but that Sharif is likely to ask for Fatemi’s resignation.
There is no official confirmation yet from the government or the PM’s office on the latest developments, which follow reports that the inquiry committee formed to investigate the matter had recommended the removal from office of Fatemi and Rao Tehseen, the principal information officer at the Press Information Department.
Latest reports says Fatemi’s refuses to resign after meeting with PM
The English-language daily, Dawn, had published a story on October 6 in which journalist Cyril Almeida had written about an alleged civil-military rift during the National Security Committee (NSC) meeting over the issue of tackling jihadi outfits.
The story stirred a major controversy last year, resulting in Almeida coming under fire from the military and government and being temporarily placed on the Exit Control List.
The inquiry report is likely to be presented in next 24 to 48 hours.