Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Monday (today) took serious notice of a purported media report of proceedings of a National Security Committee meeting and directed that “those responsible be identified for stern action.”
The remarks by the PM came during a call-on by Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif here at the PM House.
Finance Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar, Interior Minister Ch. Nisar Ali Khan, Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif and DG ISI Lt. Gen. Rizwan Akhtar were also present during the meeting.
Matters pertaining to national and regional security were discussed, a press statement released from the PM House said.
The participants of the meeting expressed concern over publication of a “fabricated news story” in a local English daily pertaining to security issues purportedly discussed in a meeting of National Security Committee, held last week.
“The participants were unanimous that the published story was clearly violative of universally acknowledged principles of reporting on National Security issues.”
They were of the view that “the story has risked vital State interests through the inclusion of inaccurate and misleading contents which had no relevance to actual discussion and facts,” the Press Statement said.
“The participants felt that it was imperative that Print and Electronic media refrained itself from speculative reporting and issues of national security and interests of the state.”
“PM took serious notice of the violation and directed that those responsible should be identified for stern action,” the statement said.
The meeting reaffirmed that Army and Intelligence Agencies shall continue to play a lead role in the fight against terrorism which was proceeding smoothly and without any discrimination whatsoever with the complete consensus of all stakeholders.