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Pakistan bans its own journalist for exposing government military rift

by on October 11, 2016

Islamabad: IN an unprecedented move, Pakistan government has imposed a travel ban on its own journalist who exposed an ongoing rift between the civilian government and the military establishment.

Assistant editor at Pakistan leading daily newspaper Dawn, Cyril Almeida on Tuesday reported that in the meeting with military officials, the civilian government had heated arguments over their covert support for militants.

Annoyed with the report Nawaz Sharif office declined the claim three times before it finally took a call to put the journalist on the “Exit Control List”. His report states that Sharif pressurized the military to act against militants as India is succeeding it to isolate before the world.

Cyril Almeida was getting the threat of life since his report published on Friday. “I am told and have been informed and have been shown evidence that I am on the Exit Control List,” Feel hurt with the government move he said this is my life, my country. What went wrong with it,” the journalist tweeted.

Dawn is a leading and prestigious Newspaper of Pakistan which is being published from decades. Its journalist Almeida wrote Army is very powerful in the country, but during security review meeting, Nawaz warned it to stop covert support to Haqqani network, Afghan Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba for proxy fighters.

Journalist Almeida, while citing sources at a high-level meeting, reported that civilian government strongly told the army that does not interfere with the police functioning when they take action against militant groups. Pakistan has been accused of harboring militants to destabilize Kashmir valley

The tension between India and Pakistan is going on since the Uri attack in Kashmir where 19 soldiers were killed by militants while the were sleeping in the camp in the wee hours. In revenge, Modi government conducted surgical strikes across Line of Control (LOC). India succeeded in boycotting Pakistan internationally after the attack. UN didn’t pay heed to its special interest on Kashmir. India along with other neighboring countries such as Afganistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan unanimously took a call to cancel the SAARC regional summit which was to be held in Pakistan.

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