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Pak military skewer ‘fabricated’ Dawn story, say it breached national security

world Updated: Oct 15, 2016 14:53 IST

Cyril Almeida, a columnist for Dawn, reported that leading civilian officials had warned the powerful Army to renounce its covert support to militants.(Twitter)

Referring to a story published in Dawn, Pakistan’s top military commanders said it was a “feeding of a false and fabricated story of an important security meeting”, and called it a breach of national security.

The remarks were made during a Corps Commanders Conference, presided by Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif on Friday, to hold a comprehensive review of the country’s internal and external security situation, with particular focus on the prevailing environment at the Line of Control (LoC) and operational preparedness of the army, Geo News reported.

Last week, the Dawn published a report by Cyril Almeida, about an alleged rift between the country’s powerful military and its government on the issue of tackling jihadi outfits, after which Almeida came under fire from the government and Exit Control List was imposed on him.

Read | Pak daily Dawn rejects ‘false reporting’ charge, defends Cyril Almeida’s story

The Prime Minister’s Office rejected the story thrice since it was published on October 6.

During the conference, the military once again rejected Indian claims of surgical strikes as an attempt to divert the world’s attention away from the Kashmir issue.

Read | Had there been any surgical strike, Pakistan would have retaliated: Abdul Basit

While expressing complete satisfaction over operational preparedness of the troops, the COAS reiterated Pakistan Army’s resolve to defend their country at any cost.

The participants also resolved to continue sustained and focused combing and intelligence-based operations across the country to uproot terrorism by harmonizing it with the implementation of the National Action Plan to address extremism and other causes of terrorism.