Govt will issue Dawn Leaks notification in day or two: Marriyum


ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb, on Sunday, said that the Interior Ministry will issue a detailed notification on Dawn Leaks on Monday or a day after that.

Addressing a press conference, the state minister said that before the issuance of the notification it would not be appropriate to say anything on the matter.

“Politics is being done over Dawn Leaks – the interior ministry will issue a notification on Dawn leaks tomorrow or day after tomorrow as directed by Prime Minister Nawaz,” she added “the notification will address all apprehensions. Today (Sunday), Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan has also met the PM on this issue.”

“A detailed notification will be issued which will tell us who played what role in Dawn Leaks. It is right now premature to comment on what is in it and what are the recommendations.”

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Saturday met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and discussed with him the inquiry report of Dawn Leaks and government notification issued in this regard, sources told a TV channel.

Sources said the two figures discussed the inquiry report and the notification issued by the government on recommendations by the inquiry committee formed to probe the leaks. The meeting also discussed orders issued by PM’s secretary in this regard.

On April 29, the federal cabinet division issued a notification, ordering the withdrawal of the portfolio of Foreign Affairs from the Prime Minister’s Special Assistant Tariq Fatemi.

“In terms of rule 4(6) of the Rules of Business, 1973, the Prime Minister has been pleased to withdraw the portfolio of Foreign Affairs, with immediate effect, from Mr Tariq Fatemi, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister with the status of Minister of State,” the notification read.

The notification was issued because of Fatemi’s alleged role in Dawn leaks case.

According to 4(6) of Rules of Business 1973, the Prime Minister has the right to determine his special assistants. “There may be a Special Assistant or Special Assistants to the Prime Minister with such status and functions as may be determined by the Prime Minister,” it reads.

However, the military rejected the government notification on Dawn Leaks saying it was “incomplete and not in line with recommendations by the Inquiry Board.”