New Delhi: Cyril Almeida, an assistant editor at Dawn, Pakistan’s most prestigious English daily, has been put in the “Exit Control List” i.e. a list having names of all those barred from leaving the country.
The Journalist took to twitter to inform about the same, and wrote:
"I am told and have been informed and have been shown evidence that I am on the Exit Control List."
After the above tweet, he posted another saying:
“I feel sad tonight. This is my life, my country. What went wrong."
The controversy stirred up due to a report by Cyril Almeida mentioning that the government has asked the military to renounce support to militants and organisations such as Haqqani network and Lashkar-e-Taiba. The Pakistani government allegedly told the military to either stop supporting the homegrown militancy or face isolation.
However, the report was three times rejected by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, stating it as a “fabricated story.” However, the daily stands by the story and has accused the government of maligning its image.
What can be said is the timing of the report is quite sensitive, as it comes in the backdrop of the recent Uri attack, which claimed lives of 19 Indian soldiers, after which India sought to diplomatically isolate Pakistan.