News reports have reported that Pakistan is mulling the firing of two journalists on the grounds of “unlawfully reporting” the country’s current security situation.
A local newspaper said the newspaper, a Lahore paper, had reported that a top official of the intelligence agency had been killed and that two other journalists were missing in the country since last week.
Pakistan’s Press Information Bureau has denied any such claim.
It has not said what sparked the news reports.
In a statement, the office of Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari said the two journalists who were killed were “unfairly targeted” and were not involved in any wrongdoing.
It added that “all such cases are dealt with by the courts”.
The newspaper was allegedly hacked after it published a story in October that accused the Pakistan Army of shooting and killing its own journalists.
According to the paper, a senior military official was killed on Monday and two others were missing.
In recent weeks, Pakistan has been engulfed in a deadly war of words between the army and the countrys largest political party, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
The army has been battling the TTP since the group’s takeover of the north of the country in 2014.
Pakistan has seen an escalation of attacks on both sides of the border with India in recent weeks as it has been forced to respond to an increasingly deadly campaign by the TPM in the border region.
The TPM, which has links to the Taliban, has carried out a series of deadly attacks in the past few months.
The army said that it had arrested four suspected militants who were “involved in the killing of the two foreign journalists”.
The Pakistani military said that the journalists were on a visit to the region when the attack took place.
The newspaper’s editor, Mohammad Qureshi, was also reported missing on Sunday.
The incident comes amid an escalating war of insults between the two countries.
In April, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, Saeed Qures, was shot dead outside the White House by a man wielding a rifle.
The Pakistani authorities also accused Quresi of being an “insider” for the TPA.