ISLAMABAD : The Interior Ministry on Tuesday strongly contradicted a news item appearing in a section of media regarding ‘Implementation report 2016 released by the Interior Ministry on National Action Plan.’

Terming the news item as completely baseless, the Interior Ministry spokesperson in a statement said said, “No such report has been released by the Interior Ministry nor authorized by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, as wrongly stated in the said news item.”

The spokesman regretted that without even bothering to verify the source and cross-checking facts from the concerned, a baseless news items on an important national security issue was published with a totally wrong attribution to the Ministry and the Interior Minister in order to lend credence to an unauthentic document.

“Such irresponsible reporting would not only result in misleading public perception but is against the norms of ethical journalism,” the spokesperson said.

Calling upon the media to exercise restraint on publishing unverified material on sensitive national security issues, the spokesman reiterated that, “Any material in relation to National Action Plan or any security issue would only be provided through the office of the spokesperson of the Interior Ministry .”