There have been audio leaks purporting to be of PM Shehbaz Sharif and other Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders.
Fawad Chaudhry, a senior leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), tweeted in response to the revelations, “PM House’s data has been put for sale on the dark web. Our intelligence institutions, particularly the Intelligence Bureau, have failed miserably in this regard (IB). They are in charge of critical discussions about security and international affairs in addition to politics.
Shireen Mazari, another member of his party, concurred, saying that the real question is who installed these hacking devices.
“Real issue is who bugged the PMO/PMHouse in the first place. The hacking happened because devices were placed in these locations. So who is responsible and where did orders or decision come from? That is a question that must also be focused on,” she tweeted.
In one of the audio clips, PML-N Vice-president Maryam Nawaz allegedly can be heard complaining to her uncle [PM Shehbaz] about Finance Minister Miftah Ismail. “
“TV par ulti baatein karta hai” (He says strange things on television), she allegedly says.
“He doesn’t take responsibility, says strange things on TV which people make fun of, he doesn’t know what he is doing,” the voice said to be Maryam’s says in the clip.
“He clearly cut corners,” the voice said to be PM Shehbaz can be heard saying as she wishes for the return of former finance minister Ishaq Dar.
The second video purports to show a discussion about the resignations of PTI MNAs involving PM Shehbaz, Defense Minister Khawaja Asif, Law Minister Azam Tarar, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, and former National Assembly (NA) speaker Ayaz Sadiq. According to the audio, a cabinet meeting was captured on tape.
Party leaders are purportedly heard debating who will have their resignations from PTI accepted. The politicians can also be heard suggesting that Nawaz Sharif, the PML-N supremo who is now in London, will make the ultimate choice.
Ayaz Sadiq is heard purportedly speaking about PTI members whose resignations they did not want to accept when he says, “Will inform them that the signatures were not correct.”
The third tape purports to show Maryam Nawaz and the PM talking about the former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General (retd) Pervez Musharraf’s (return).
“Army has decided to bring Musharraf back to Pakistan therefore before it looks like they have an imposed decision on us, I urged Abu (Nawaz Sharif) to tweet in favour of Musharraf’s return,” a voice claiming to be Maryam can be heard saying.
Nawaz has previously tweeted: “I have no personal hate or prejudice towards Pervez Musharraf. I don’t want anyone else to experience the trauma I did.