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Dawn Journalist Cyril Almeida Banned From Leaving Pakistan: Find Out Why?

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, prohibiting him from leaving that country. The ECL is a system of border control maintained by the Government of Pakistan under the Exit from Pakistan Ordinance. Those persons on the list are prohibited from leaving Pakistan. In a series of tweets, Almeida confirmed this development. He said and I quote: There are certain things that I will never, ever forgive. I feel sad tonight. This is my life, my country. What went wrong. 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. Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif on Monday had ordered authorities to take “stern action” against those responsible for publishing what he termed as a “fabricated” story about the military and ISI.


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