Pakistan journalist Cyril Almeida, who reported on meeting between civilian govt and military recently, has been put on Exit Control List, prohibiting him from leaving Pakistan. This is part of the wider crackdown against the media in Pakistan for its reporting over civilian-army rift in the wake of the Indian surgical strikes in PoK.
Cyril Almeida correspondent for the Dawn, and he himself had tweeted that he has been put on ‘Exit Control List’. It in effect prevents people from leaving the country. He posted this message on Twitter: “Puzzled, saddened. Had no intention of going anywhere; this is my home. Pakistan”. This was the result of his writing just a few days ago that there was a rift apparent between the Pakistan army and government over the terrorist groups that operate from Pakistan and Pakistan occupied Kashmir and target India.
Yesterday, Pak PM Nawaz Sharif ordered “stern action” against all those who had published the “fabricated” story.
This comes in the wake of reports appearing in newspapers which reported a big rift between the Pakistan civilian government and the Pakistan army. These in short had insinuated that there was a possibility building up of the army staging a coup against the Nawaz Sharif led government.
I am told and have been informed and have been shown evidence that I am on the Exit Control List.
— cyril almeida (@cyalm) October 10, 2016
The rift had become increasingly apparent in the wake of the surgical strikes by India, which the Indian Army had carried out over the line of control (LoC) in Pakistan occupied Kashmir in which they killed as many nearly 50 terrorists holed up in their camps and some 9 Pakistan army soldiers without losing even one soldier themselves.
This was a great Indian triumph and had led to the blame game starting in Pakistan with civilian government and army slamming each other
Thereafter, the blame game in the volatile Pakistani political establishment had pointed to the fact that the Army and the civilian government were not on the same page and the situation may spin out of control with the army taking over.
Also, Pakistan army chief Raheel Sharif is set to retire and his replacement is being looked for. He is also in the mix and may get re-appointed. This is adding to the problems the Pakistani establishment is facing.