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Kamal Siddiqi | Oct 31, 2016

Our newspaper has reported that after buckling under relentless pressure, the government sent its information minister packing as preliminary investigations established a lapse on his part vis-à-vis a planted news story about a top level huddle on national security. Senator Pervaiz Rashid’s sacking came barely 48 hours after an unusual meeting of senior government functionaries with army chief General Raheel Sharif at the Army House, according to our paper’s report. Following Rashid’s sacking, there were reports that Principal Information Officer Rao Tehsin Ali Khan has also been removed from his office and made officer on special duty (OSD). There was no official confirmation, though. On Sunday, interior minister Chaudhry Nisar confirmed that Rashid was sent home after a lapse and not on suspicion of actually leaking the story…

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