Dawn journalist Cyril Almeida banned from leaving Pakistan after report on civilian govt-military meet

Cyril Almeida tweeted: "There are certain things that I will never, ever forgive," adding, "I feel sad tonight. This is my life, my country. What went wrong."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 11, 2016 1:21 pm
cyril almeida, cyril almeida dawn, cyril almeida pakistan, cyril pak journalist, pak cyril almeida exit control list, news, pakistan news, world news, india pakistan, nawaz sharif Dawn journalist Cyril Almeida reported on a meeting between the civilian government and the military. Twitter/@Cyalm

Pakistani journalist Cyril Almeida, who reported in the Dawn on a meeting between the civilian government and the military recently, has been put on the Exit Control List (ECL), prohibiting him from leaving that country.  Almeida confirmed the development, tweeting: “I am told and have been informed and have been shown evidence that I am on the Exit Control List.”

The ECL is a system of border control maintained by the Government of Pakistan under the Exit from Pakistan (Control) Ordinance. Those persons on the list are prohibited from leaving Pakistan.

In another tweet, Almeida said: “Was a long-planned trip, for at least several mths now. There are certain things that I will never, ever forgive,” adding, “I feel sad tonight. This is my life, my country. What went wrong.”

On Monday, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ordered authorities to take “stern action” against those responsible for publishing what he termed as a “fabricated” story about the military and ISI after the army chief called on him to discuss national and regional security issues.

According to an official press release, “The participants of the meeting expressed concern over the publication of a fabricated news story in Daily Dawn pertaining to security issues purportedly discussed in a meeting of National Security Committee in the last week.”

This was the third statement issued by Pakistan’s Prime Minister’s Office. The first was issued on October 6, hours later a revised version was issued, and yet another on October 10. “Prime Minister took serious notice of the violation and directed that those responsible should be identified for stern action,” the statement read.

In his frontpage report, Almeida reported that the Nawaz Sharif government in Pakistan had warned its military leadership of international isolation that the country is facing, seeking consensus on several key actions by the state. The report further stated that the civilian government and its military have agreed to two sets of actions.

Pakistan’s ISI DG Gen Rizwan Akhtar, along with NSA Nasser Janjua, will travel to the four Pakistani provinces informing intelligence agencies ‘not to interfere if law enforcement acts against militant groups that are banned or until now considered off-limits for civilian action’.

Second, Nawaz Sharif has ordered that fresh attempts be made to conclude the investigations into the Pathankot attack as well as “restart the stalled Mumbai attacks-related trials in a Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court’.

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    Fire
    Oct 11, 2016 at 8:22 am
    He also rubs the of your mother also
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      Sanjay Singh
      Oct 11, 2016 at 10:16 am
      This Cyril Boy, Gone, nobody can help him!
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        A.K.Rakshit
        Oct 11, 2016 at 11:34 am
        It seems that people have forgotten that only some months back people were not allowed to board an airplane at Delhi airport.
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          Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
          Oct 11, 2016 at 4:25 am
          Great ! Two persons have been arrested for alleged rumour in TN. How many had been arrested when Bal Thackrey was ill like JJ?
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            Brahm Gaur
            Oct 11, 2016 at 9:09 am
            Until Pak army is strong no civilian government can bring the peace to stan and its neighbours. On the contrary army controls stan. Civilian government is just a face.
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              Debasish Sarkar
              Oct 11, 2016 at 12:15 pm
              My worry is that this Journalist could disappear very soon without any trace.
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                kashish memon
                Oct 11, 2016 at 12:13 pm
                great very happy.paid indian dog.
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                  kashish memon
                  Oct 11, 2016 at 4:06 pm
                  stan zindabad.kashmir h janat .janat na kese kafir ko miley h na miley g
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                    kashish memon
                    Oct 11, 2016 at 4:09 pm
                    drinker india means I can call you india.
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                      kashish memon
                      Oct 11, 2016 at 12:16 pm
                      very happy.they can ban good journlist for writting truth.why not the ones who always want to please their masters.he was a indian dog dererve to be chained.
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                        kashish memon
                        Oct 11, 2016 at 4:07 pm
                        yaran n jahan kehte h k kashmir h ek janat.janat na kesw kafir ko miley h na miley gshaAllah ameen.
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                          PKR
                          Oct 11, 2016 at 10:45 am
                          stan is now facing surgical strikes from outside and inside also. India should not relent now and show some killer instinct.
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                            jami
                            Oct 11, 2016 at 11:40 am
                            This is a false drama by PM Nawaz Sharrif that the Govt and Pak Army are taking action against terrorist. But unfortunately they can not touch terrorist. That is the situation in the country.
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                              Jawhar
                              Oct 11, 2016 at 7:37 am
                              One more journalist will be eliminated by ISI to join several thousand journalists who dared to report honestly
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                                thistooshallpass
                                Oct 11, 2016 at 4:52 am
                                Agree. Arnab Goswami can say anything and get away with it. Ha ha.
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                                  thistooshallpass
                                  Oct 11, 2016 at 4:51 am
                                  More power to you brother.
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                                    kamath Ramesh
                                    Oct 11, 2016 at 10:40 am
                                    What more can be expected from a rogue country like pak. In India there is a big group of pressutes who always stand against India with their tirade against govt. Still they are enjoying full freedom of expression and movement. It is a slap on such pressutes and so called dumb intellectuals who tried unsuccessfully to b India a intolerant country.
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                                      kris kumar
                                      Oct 11, 2016 at 2:42 pm
                                      After watching s propaa on You Tube and the leak of the news I was expecting that the honest journalist who was doing his job will face the heavy arms of ISI and the army. All the panels were either ex generals or extremist politicians who wanted the journalist to be taken to task for exposing the s army and politicians. How long will s run away from the truth? I feel sorry for the reporter who is being interrogated for reporting the truth. No wonder media's are so scare of the ISI that most of them are spreading false propaa against India and fooling to the world and their own people. Pak destruction will come and it will not be from India but from their own all weather friend China. China is providing a huge loan and constructing CPEC besides old redundant Chinese coal fired generators to provide electricity at very expensive rate. This will cripple economy as they will not be able to return the interest never mind the loan. The destruction of Pak is not too far away. Good sooner the better.
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                                        Murthy
                                        Oct 11, 2016 at 8:05 am
                                        I hope this Pak. journo does not meet the fate of another journo, Shahzade. His body was found in a Karachi gutter with signs of torture and beatings.... he also wrote reports that told the truth about the Pak. Army's and ISI's manitions of Pak. politics.
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                                          Some other
                                          Oct 11, 2016 at 11:25 am
                                          This is the kind of democracy that the award wapasi and Indian Journos are dreaming about. They are desperate for such living and it was provided to some extent by their congressi mai-baap.lt;br/gt;Alas all good things have to end and BJP got elected to power to end their happy days.
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                                            mytake
                                            Oct 11, 2016 at 6:00 am
                                            [In his frontpage report, Almeida reported that the Nawaz Sharif government in stan had warned its military leadership of international isolation that the country is facing, seeking consensus on several key actions by the state. The report further stated that the civilian government and its military have agreed to two sets of actions.]lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The stupid Govt. had the chance to use this "false" news to its advantage. Such is the stupidity of Pak Govt.!
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