PTI moves SC seeking probe into PM House audio leaks scandal
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Saturday moved to Supreme Court, seeking investigation in the Prime Minister’s House audio leak scandal and sought criminal charges against PM Shehbaz and other PML-N leaders for hatching alleged ‘criminal conspiracy’.
The petition reads that, PM Shehbaz Sharif and other ministers have violated their oath to offices, therefore, criminal action should be taken against the premier and his cabinet by investigating the audio leaks.
The petition argued that there was a conspiracy in the audio leaks to keep the petitioner away from politics.
“In these audio leaks the petitioner was targeted under a criminal conspiracy, the audio leaks have been acknowledged by the Prime Minister and the Interior Minister,” petition added.
The petition further requested criminal action against Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, Law Minister Azam Nazir Tarar and Economic Affairs Minister Ayaz Sadiq.
Imran Khan and team’s audio leaks:
“We just have to play with cipher:” Imran Khan
The first audio leak of PTI chief Imran Khan and his then-principal secretary Azam Khan regarding the alleged American cipher has come in light on September 28, in which former prime minister can be heard saying, ‘We just have to play with cipher, not to name America, just to play with it.”
To which Azam Khan replied that, “I was thinking to hold a meeting over this cipher.”
In the audio, Azam Khan can be heard saying, ‘Do you remember that at the end the ambassador wrote to demarche, even if no demarche is given, I have an idea how to cover it?”
“Have a meeting between Shah Mahmood and the Foreign Secretary in which Shah Mahmood will read out the letter and whatever he reads out will be changed into a copy,” Azam Khan added.
“Don’t name America at any cost:” Imran Khan
Another audio call of PTI chief and his then-principal secretary Azam Khan, PTI Leaders Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Asad Umar talking about alleged American cypher leaked on September 30.
In the leaked audio, Imran Khan can be heard saying that, ‘Shah Jee, tomorrow we three (Imran Khan, Azam Khan and Shah Mahmood Qureshi) and a foreign secretary are going to have a meeting on US cypher,” further adding that, “Azam was saying to write minutes of this cypher of our choice.”
Former Principal Secretary Azam Khan said that, remember this cipher came on the 8th or 9th, to which Imran Khan replied, Yes and the meeting on this cypher was held on the 7th.”
“We do not have to mention the name of America at any cost. It is very important for all of you to know that I do not want to hear the name of any country,” Imran Khan urged to party leaders.
Further PTI general secretary Asad Umar can be heard saying that, “you are knowingly calling it a letter, it is not a letter but a transcript of the meeting,” on which Imran Khan scolds party leader and said that. “Whether it is a transcript of the meeting or a letter, both are the same thing, people would not understood the word transcript in public gatherings.”