It appears that the issue between the Pakistan Army and the Government of Pakistan stands resolved on Dawn leaks issue as the former has withdrawn its tweet which was posted earlier, rejecting the ‘incomplete’ notification about Dawn leaks issued by the Prime Minister’s Office.
The move came as a surprise to many on Wednesday, as this is the first time that the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Pakistan Army’s media wing, has recanted any of its official tweets.
The Pakistan Army on Wednesday recanted its statement which rejected as ‘incomplete’ the notification issued by the Prime Minister’s Office to punish those involved in the Dawn Leaks scandal.
“The tweet [posted by the Inter-Services Public Relations director general] on April 29, 2017 was not aimed at any government office or person,” the military’s media wing said in a statement.
“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. Accordingly, ISPR’s said Twitter post stands withdrawn and has become infructuous.”
The ISPR statement added that the army “reiterates its firm commitment and continued resolve to uphold the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and support the democratic process.”
“Unnecessary hype was created regarding the ISPR tweet,” ISPR DG Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor told reporters at a news conference held shortly after the ISPR statement was issued. He said an impression was being created that two state institutions were locked in a ‘face-to-face’ confrontation.
Shortly after the tweet was retracted, ISPR DG Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor held a press conference, explaining why the Army had taken this step. He said that since the Interior Ministry had issued a new notification containing all the facts and figures explaining the Dawn Leaks issue, the Army was satisfied and hence the tweet was retracted.
Surprisingly, there wasn’t much difference between the notification which was issued earlier by the government on the Dawn leaks issue and the one which was recently released.