What is Cyril Almeida Journalist Banned from Leaving Country


Curbs placed on Cyril Almeida days after he reported on showdown between PM and spy chief over jihadi groups in Pakistan.

The Exit Control List is a system of border control maintained by the Pakistan government under an ordinance which allows it to bar people whose names appear on the list from leaving the country.

Cyril Almeida, Dawn’s assistant editor, pointed via Twitter on Monday to his name’s appearance on the list.

His news story had quoted unnamed senior officials who said they witnessed a remarkable showdown between Sharif and Rizwan Akhtar, the director general of the Inter-Services Intelligence directorate (ISI), on 3 October.

According to Dawn, Akhtar was told Pakistan could only avoid international isolation if it took action against Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Haqqani network.