New Delhi , October 11 ( JKNT) A leading Pakistani journalist who broke the story of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif demanding action from the army against the entrenched militant groups or face isolation last week has been barred from leaving the country.
Cyril Almeidia’s story of confrontation between the civilian leadership and the army in which spy agency ISI chief Lt. Gen Rizwan Akhtar was also present along with army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif , which has been vehemently denied by the PMO and the army, had created a spiral of storm in the strategic community in India, Afghanistan and the USA, with various interpretations .
It was seen as an assertion by Pakistan premier against his army chief , whom he doesn’t like for playing politics against him, as also a plant to befool the world that Pakistan was mulling serious action against the terror groups operating on its soil.
On Monday, Cyril was told that he cannot leave the country as he was booked for Dubai along with his family for holidaying at the Gulf nation .
“ I have seen myself on the exit control list,” the journalist wrote on Twitter .
Pakistani establishment, however, maintains that it was a matter concerning the national security apparatus, particularly after the report had appeared following surgical strikes by the Indian army in Pakistan occupied Kashmir on September 29th when Pakistani army and the militant outfit Lashkar-e-Toiiba suffered a major damage and deaths.
India had conducted strikes to avenge the death of its 19 soldiers in a terrorist attack , believed to have been sponsored by Pakistan and its non-state actors, at army base in Uri , Kashmir, on September 18.