Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – Maryam Nawaz Sharif, the daughter of premier Nawaz Sharif on Monday announced to send Rs 1 billion defamation notice to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) information secretary Naeemul Haq.

Naeemul Haq had accused Maryam Nawaz for being involved in the story pertaining to security meetings that was leaked to Dawn Newspaper.

According to the Sharif family spokesman, Naeemul Haq should immediately apologise otherwise be ready to face legal proceedings against him.

On October 29th, Minister of Information Pervaiz Rashid was sacked weeks after the military’s top commanders said a ‘false and fabricated’ newspaper report breached national security.

According to a statement from the PM’s office, the premier had directed Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid to step down to ensure holding of an independent and detailed inquiry into the episode.

“The planted story related to the NSC and NAP meeting published in Daily Dawn on 6th October was a breach of national security. Evidence available so far points to a lapse on part of Information Minister, who has been directed to step down from office to enable holding of an independent and detailed inquiry,” said the PM House statement.

“An inquiry committee including senior officers of ISI, MI and IB is being formed by the Government of Pakistan to clearly apportion blame, identify interests and motives and expose all those responsible for this episode for stern action in the national interest,” it added.