Pakistani security agencies have "rebuked" the woman editor of a Lahore-based English daily over a campaign allegedly launched by the paper against the government and its relations with a "foreign country", a media report said here today.
The security agencies took notice of the matter after journalists of the paper claimed that they had been briefed on the issue by the country's army or intelligence. Last week, investigators from "one of the country's leading intelligence agencies" visited the newly-appointed woman editor and demanded she furnish "concrete evidence of her newspaper's claims of US security contractor Blackwater operating in Pakistan," the Daily Times reported, without giving the name of the editor.
The investigators, during a meeting that lasted over 90 minutes, found that the editor "kept changing the names of the people who had provided her with the information when asked to substantiate her claims on Blackwater's alleged presence," the report said.
A senior official, who accompanied the investigators, became "very agitated by the claims" and asked the editor to "make sure she checks her facts before she publishes or comments on any reports." (More)