Pakistan lifted travel ban on Dawn journalist Cyril Almeida, although Cyril has denied of being informed about any such initiatives taken by the government. The Dawn Columnist’s name came in the Exit Control List (ECL), maintained by the Border control system, which restricts names on the list of people travelling out of the country.
The Pakistan government had imposed travel-ban on the journalist, following a report on a rift between civil and military leaderships over covert support to militants. However, Dawn had rejected the allegation of “vested interest and false reporting” on the columnist.
According to Cyril Almeida’s report, civilian officials had warned the army to take away covert supports to militant groups like Haqqani network, Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba, or face international isolation. To maintain a fair journalistic standard, the Dawn had twice carried denials from the Prime Minister about a clash during a meeting where the ISI was warned of global isolation by civilian officials, if the army continues with its covert support to militant groups.
Pakistan’s decision on lifting the travel ban came following Dawn’s appeal for the removal of Almeida’s name from the list of people banned to leave the country.