Questions rises on Pakistan prime minister office security after secret audio leaks
By The South Asia Times
ISLAMABAD: People across Pakistan raised questions about the country's prime minister's office security after several audio clips leaked during the last few days.
The latest purported controversial audio clip of former prime minister Imran Khan and his former principal secretary, Azam Khan leaked surfaced on social media on Wednesday.
Khan accused the current prime minister Shehbaz Sharif of intentionally leaking it and said its a violation of Pakistan's official secret act to leak any official information.
The latest audio clip widely appeared on social media and was posted by journalists who are considered very close to the ruling alliance.
While it's surfaced just a few hours ago when the country's top security body, the National Security Committee, consisting of top civil and military leadership was scheduled to meet later Wednesday to discuss the earlier audio leaked from the PM house.
In the audio clip, a voice, believed to be Imran’s, is heard discussing the US alleged cypher or threatening letter with his secretary.
On March 27, Khan accused the US to hitched a conspiracy against his government and ousted him from power through the opposition alliance. The US denied the accusation.
However, the latest audio clip shows that Pakistan's foreign ministry received a cypher from his ambassador in Washington which Khan discussing with his secretary.
The secretary also to be headed saying that we [PM office] have no copy of the cypher and we should call the then foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and foreign secretary for a meeting and when the foreign secretary will read out the cypher he [secretry] will take its minutes and will bring it on the official record.
Khan earlier said that cypher was initially hidden from him.
Khan while reacting on the audio leaked, said this is good that the government released the audio and demanded to the public the cypher.
“Now cypher should make public that Pakistani know the reality of US regime change operation in the country,” Khan said while addressing an event in Islamabad.
He said an audio leak is also a violation of the country's law and he can move to court against this violation.
However, these leaks raised questions about the safety of official information and conversation of the country's top officials.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif also expressed concerns over audio leaked from his office and said he will form a high level committee to investigate it,
“The purported surfacing of an audio leak of the Prime Minister House as a ‘serious security lapse’, resolved that it would be thoroughly investigated,” sate-run APP quoted Sharif as saying
He agreed that a big question mark was posed over the audio leak and informed that he was taking a notice and would be forming a high-powered committee to fully probe it and unearth facts.