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Differences in Cabinet over ISI, media group row

ISLAMABAD: Federal Cabinet seemed to be divided over the controversial coverage of a private television channel against Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed the ministers and the party leaders to avoid statements against security institutions, ARY News reported on Thursday.

Three ministers, Abdul Qadir Baloch, Ishaq Dar and Chaudhry Nisar, on directives of the prime minister, have stepped up efforts to improve the government's ties with security institutions, sources said.

According to well placed sources, the military circles seeing a statement of the information minister Pervez Rasheed with disapproval in which, he said that the nation knows to which side the government is standing.

The Information Minister had said this in a media talk after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's visit to Hamid Mir in Aga Khan Hospital in Karachi.

According to sources, the Prime Minister House has given a clear message to Khawaja Asif and his likeminded ministers that the adventurous statements over the issue will not be tolerated.

Federal Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique has said in a statement that levelling allegations against the military without proof is extremely wrong.

State Minister for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali has also condemned allegations against the defence institutions.

He said that the attack on Hamid Mir is regretful but blaming defence institutions for this act and making Pakistan a laughing stock in the world, is also a condemnable act.

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