PPP Senator Aitzaz Ahsan on Monday said former information minister Pervaiz Rasheed was made a sacrificial lamb by the government.
“If he had halted the news from being printed, he would also have been accused of stopping news getting out.”
“Mushahidullah was also made a sacrificial lamb,” he claimed.
The PPP senator’s statements come a day after Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar said Pervaiz Rasheed did not make any attempt to stop the publication of Dawn’s story on a high-level meeting.
“Some documented and undocumented records involving Pervaiz Rasheed say the reporter contacted him for comments about a story regarding [Punjab Chief Minister] Shahbaz Sharif and the ISI chief.”
“Pervaiz Rasheed called the reporter into his office. Through my entire investigation… I reached the conclusion that Pervaiz Rasheed should have told the reporter that this story is wrong, ‘Do not publish this story in view of national interest’,” Nisar said on Sunday.
“There is a lapse. He had a duty as information minister when these decisions [his resignation] were made… He should have understood the implications of the story and stopped it.”
Nisar maintained that all information given to Dawn about an altercation between Shahbaz Sharif and the ISI chief, or the foreign secretary’s comments that Pakistan stands isolated in the world are all false.