Pakistan fires minister for leaking news about army rift

ISLAMABAD (AP) " Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has fired a Cabinet minister over a leaked story about a rift between the country's civil and military leadership in tackling militancy.

A statement issued by Sharif's office Saturday said a committee comprising officials from military and civil spy agencies is being formed for a further probe.

It said the Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid was asked to step down after initial evidence indicated he had shared information with a journalist. It said Rashid was fired to ensure an independent and detailed probe about the Oct. 6 publication of the story.

The report referred to a discussion at a high-profile security meeting that suggested Pakistan's civil and military leaders were not on same page in tackling militancy and terrorism.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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