ISLAMABAD: Rao Tehseen, who was removed as Principal Information Officer (PIO) under directives issued by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in line with the recommendations of the committee set up to hold an inquiry into a story published in Dawn last year could potentially unveil ‘names’ of ‘others’ who were actually involved in the Dawn Leaks saga, this was suggested by Editor in Chief Pakistan Group of Newspapers and Chairman Roze News Sardar Khan Niazi while speaking in Sachi Baat.
It is pertinent to mention here that soon after the Prime Minister Office issued orders for the removal of Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi and Principal Information Officer (PIO) Rao Tehseen, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major Gen Asif Ghafoor through his official social media account declared the ‘notification incomplete’ and ‘rejected’ it. ‘Notification on Dawn Leak is incomplete and not in line with recommendations by the Inquiry Board. Notification is rejected,’ the ISPR chief tweeted.
It is also pertinent to mention that according to media reports on Sunday Rao Tehseen announced that he will move court against his removal. The reports say that Rao Tehseen termed government’s action an injustice against him. He said he was not responsible for Dawn Leaks. He asked ‘Since the inquiry commission had not held anyone responsible for Dawn Leaks then why I was punished?’
Those familiar with the print industry know well that a Principal Information Officer cannot dictate an editor to publish or not publish any story. The chatter in the Federal Capital is that a few people are being sacrificed to save some powerful persons sitting in the corridors of power. But with Tehseen announcing that he will go to court against his removal the attempt to ‘sacrifice’ him may not work.
Many political parties have also claimed that Fatemi and Tehseen are being sacrificed while the actual culprits are being protected. Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Siraj-ul-Haq while speaking in Roze News program Sachi Baat on Monday expressed similar views. Chairman Tehreek-e-Insaf has also expressed the same views that those being removed from their posts have been made scapegoats. Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Senior Leader Qamar Zaman Kaira had also claimed that scapegoats are being made to save the skin of actual culprit behind the leak.
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