PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry reportedly accused security services of ignoring the “sensitive” issue of audio leaks by alleging that 100 hours of discussions with Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif were offered for sale on the dark web for $3.5 million.
He reportedly remarked, “Even the office of the prime minister of the nuclear-armed country is not safe,” when asked about allegedly leaked audio clips of government officials.
Fawad said the exchange between the Premier and the government official in one of the leaked audio clips demonstrated that decisions were being taken in London.
He said Maryam Nawaz is heard in the audio clip pleading with Shehbaz Sharif to permit the import of machinery from India.
He also voiced surprise at the government authorities’ lack of response to the situation.
The audio leak controversy, according to another PTI leader Mirza Shahzad Akbar, was obviously an inside job intended to sway the government’s decision-making before the critical appointment and was not the result of hacking.
He stated, quoting his sources, “First it’s not a hack into the system [and] hacker [and] dark web seems like a cover story, our systems are based on analogue and not digital, in fact, that’s one method of Pak cyber security.”
The timing of the leak, according to Akbar, who assisted the PM on accountability during the previous PTI administration, was essential “since it’s right before a crucial appointment, target seems plainly to influence the decision, which direction though only time will tell!”
Shireen Mazari, a former minister for human rights, questioned the tape leak as well.
“Who ordered the PMO and PM House to be bugged, allowing for hacking and leaks? Which Intel agency was behind this bugging and who was in charge of encouraging leaks?
Shireen said in another tweet that the allegedly leaked recording had proven without a shadow of a doubt that PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam “dictated choices to the imported administration.”
The PM House representative may be overheard telling the premier not to import a plant from India since doing so would damage the government’s credibility.
According to Samaa TV, the official could be heard responding to the prime minister, “The problem is that that topic would first go to AC and then to the cabinet and importing machinery from India on the directions of the Prime Minister won’t be easy as it can become an issue.”
Imran Khan, the chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and a former prime minister, claimed on Sunday that Maryam Nawaz and Shehbaz Sharif’s audio leaks demonstrate that the Sharif family is able to purchase machinery from India illegally for their own gain.
He claimed that Maryam planned to illegally import machinery from India for her son-in-factory law’s in relation to the allegedly leaked recording.
After India eliminated the right of Kashmiris to self-determination and violated the UN charter, he said, Pakistan severed all trade links with India.
However, he said, this government is working to mend relations with India and is willing to put its own interests before of the struggle of Kashmiris.
Adding that 60% of the federal cabinet was under investigation for corruption and that it has stalled the accountability process by changing the NAB laws, Imran Khan claimed that the tape leak showed the Sharif family’s only goal is to accumulate wealth.