Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa held a meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on Wednesday and eventually issue of Dawn Leaks was settles in a pleasant manner.
In a short press release soon after the meeting, DG ISPR Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor withdrew his April 29th Tweet. He said that tweet was not aimed at any government office or person and recommendations as contained in Para 18 of the Inquiry Committee Report, duly approved by the Prime Minister, have been implemented, which has settled the Dawn leaks issue. The Pakistan Army in the said tweet had rejected the notification on Dawn Leaks as it was incomplete and not in line with the recommendations by the inquiry board. The tweet was a reaction after the PM office announced that PM Nawaz Sharif had approved the recommendations of the Dawn Leak inquiry committee.
After the settlement of the issue, ministry of Interior said action on orders of the Prime Minister on recommendations of Dawn Leaks Inquiry Committee has already been completed and the issue stands settled. He further said that Pakistan Army reiterates its firm commitment and continued resolve to uphold the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and support the democratic process.
Political opposition, particularly, PTI has maintained that the whole Nation needs to know what was settled in Dawn Leaks issue and inquiry report should be made public. Opposition leader in National Assembly Khursheed Shah alleged that Prime Minister House was directly involved in Dawn leak issue and issue would not be solved till the exposing of the real character behind the leaks.
Despite the concerns of political parties of opposition, it seems that ‘deal’ would end allegedly growing concerns of civil-military divide. As stated by ISPR that some elements have deliberately tried to create distance between the civil and military leadership. Indeed whatever happened after his tweet on the Dawn Leaks’ notification was regrettable. We should appreciate efforts of government and army for putting up efforts to remove misunderstandings and address this issue amicably.
Despite concerns of opposition, Dawn Leaks settlement would end alleged concerns of civil-military divide.