Former principal information officer Rao Tehseen Ali has submitted an application at the Registrar's Office of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) seeking a copy of an inquiry report that recommended his removal.

Ali was removed by the ruling PML-N in the wake of an inquiry into the publication of a news report carried by Dawn on a meeting between civilian and military leaders.

Ali was removed in line with the recommendations of a committee set up to hold an inquiry into the story. “Rao Tehsin Ali, Principal Information Officer (PIO) of the Ministry of Information, shall be proceeded against under E&D (Efficiency and Discipline) Rules 1973 on the charges based on findings in the instant report”, read the directives signed by Prime Minister’s Princi­pal Secre­tary Fawad Hasan Fawad soon after the report was approved.

Ali has argued in his application with the IHC that acquiring a copy of the report is his due right. He states in the application that the report had dented his career and held him responsible for the matter.

Tehseen held the federation, the secretary information, the secretary interior and the secretary to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as the respondents in his application.

He further said that he had approached the commission but failed to receive a report. He pleaded the court order the government for issuance of a copy of the report to him.

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