Intellectuals, Former Generals and Former Senior Civil Officials call for National Security Committee Meeting to discuss ISPR Tweet; Recommend to urgently make Dawn Leaks Inquiry Report public


May 06 : A meeting was convened by PILDAT on May 5, 2017 at Lahore in the backdrop of some recent developments in Civil Military Relations in Pakistan.

The participants agreed to release the following statement:

‘We consider that the tweet of the DG ISPR that the ‘notification is rejected’ was inappropriate in terms of the Constitution of Pakistan and recommend that a meeting of the National Security Committee should be convened urgently to repair the damage to Civil Military Relations and to the image of the elected government and its valiant Armed Forces.

We also recommend that the full report of the ‘Dawn Leaks’ Inquiry Committee should be made public immediately to set at rest all doubts about the culpability of persons responsible in this matter of national security.’

The meeting was attended and the statement supported by Lt. Gen. (R) Moinuddin Haider, Former Federal Minister, Former Governor Sindh and former Corps Commander; Mr. Shahid Hamid, Senior Advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan, Former Governor Punjab and Former Defence Minister; Dr. Parvez Hassan, Senior Advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan; Mr. Shahid Malik, Former High Commissioner of Pakistan to India; Mr. Arif Nizami, Senior Journalist and Editor-in-Chief, Pakistan Today and Mr. Ahmed Bilal Mehboob, President PILDAT. Mr. Shafqat Mahmood, MNA and Information Secretary PTI also attended the meeting, but he abstained from voting on the statement.

The following members of the PILDAT Dialogue Group on Civil Military Relations have also endorsed the above statement:

Senator (R) Javed Jabbar, Former Federal Minister for Information
Mr. Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri, Former Minister for Foreign Affairs
Lt. Gen. (R) Talat Masood, Senior Defence Analyst and Former Federal Secretary
Mr. Rustam Shah Mohmand, Former Federal Secretary for Interior and Former Pakistani Ambassador to Afghanistan
Mr. Tasneem Noorani, Former Federal Secretary for Interior
Mr. Saleem Khan Safi, Senior Journalist and Anchor, Geo TV
Mr. Mujib-ur-Rehman Shami, Senior Journalist and Editor-in-Chief Daily Pakistan
Ms. Nasim Zehra, Senior Journalist and Anchor, Channel 24 .1

1.All names have been listed in alphabetical order of their last names