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Sharif sacks minister over news report on army rift (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II, Topic: Difference of opinion between government and military on supporting terrorism in India)

Information Minister of Pakistan sacked
The Pakistan government today sacked Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid over the recent “leaked” media report about a rift between the civilian and military leaderships on support to militancy.

Reason for sacking 
Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid leaked sensitive information of a high-profile national security meeting to the Dawn reporter.
Rashid is a close aide of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and reports suggest that the anti-army information could not have been leaked without his consent.

Background
A rift between the civilian and military leaderships on the powerful ISI’s covert support to terror groups in the country was the subject of a news report in the Dawn newspaper. The daily stood by the story issued on October 6.



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