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Dawn backs Cyril Almeida after Pakistani journalist's 'exclusive' story puts him on Exit Control List

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 11 February 2017, 5:47 IST

Pakistani journalist Cyril Almeida took to Twitter on 10 October to allege that his name had appeared on the Pakistan government's Exit Control List. Under the ECL, Almeida - assistant editor with Pakistan's Dawn newspaper - is prohibited from leaving the country.

Confirming the developments on 11 October, he tweeted:

His tweet on 10 October came after Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ordered authorities to take "stern action" against those responsible for a "fabricated" story about the military and ISI in Dawn.

In a news report in Dawn on 6 October - titled Exclusive: Act against militants or face international isolation, civilians tell military - Almeida wrote that Pakistan's civilian government representatives had warned that Islamabad would face international isolation if the security establishment did not take the recommended course of action. The report also stated that the civilian government and the Pakistan military have agreed to two sets of actions.Sharif's office had rejected the story terming it as "misleading".

Dawn's editor Zaffar Abbas has affirmed that the story was verified and cross-checked, adding that the security officials who had attended had in fact confirmed the news. Terming it as an "malicious campaign", the editor said that the government should refrain from targeting the country's most respected newspaper.

First published: 11 October 2016, 10:47 IST
 
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