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Pakistani Journalist who reported govt-military rift barred from leaving country


New Delhi: Pakistan government has barred Cyril Almeida, a leading journalist from Dawn, the country’s oldest and popular English daily, from leaving the country, according to media reports on Tuesday.

“In his report, Almeida said leading civilian officials had warned the powerful army to renounce covert support for proxy fighters such as the Haqqani network allied to the Afghan Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba, blamed for the 2008 Mumbai attacks — or face isolation,” reported NDTV.

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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s office has denied Almeida’s claim, media reported.

“Puzzled, saddened. Had no intention of going anywhere; this is my home. Pakistan,” Almeida tweeted tdoay, expressing his frustration.

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The BBC said, the government rejected the report, calling it “a fabricated news story”.

Meanwhile, Almeida has been on Pakistan’s ‘exit control list’, according to media reports.

Image: Cyril Almeida Twitter

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