PTI Chairman Imran Khan on Monday said state secrets have been leaked to the country’s enemies as he claimed that the security of the Prime Minister’s Office was breached.
Imran’s revelation came after several audio files, involving conversations of the previous and incumbent government officials of the Prime Minister’s House, were leaked.
“The secrets of the state have been leaked to our enemies. There has been a violation of the security line of the Prime Minister’s Office. The security agencies must be questioned about who is responsible for this,” he said during an interview with a private television channel.
Terming the leaks a “massive violation of security”, he said the prime minister — given his position — talks about the state’s secrets and now, “all those things have been leaked to our enemies”.
Imran claimed that an “audio tape” of the conversations was recorded at the PM’s House, adding that not only the tapes recorded during his tenure were leaked but audios of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif have also been leaked.
“Our intelligence agencies should think about what they are engaging themselves in. They are making people feel threatened,” he said, telling them that “political engineering” was not in their job description and that they were tasked to keep the country safe.
The former prime minister also recalled that his residence’s security line was also breached and the conversation of his wife, Bushra Begum, was leaked as well — where she could be heard speaking to PTI leader Arslan Khalid.
The job of intelligence agencies was to secure the country and not “political engineering” as Imran stressed that the recent spate of audio leaks was a “very serious lapse”.
“Our intelligence agencies should think of themselves […] what are you doing […] you are threatening people on social media […] this is not your real job […] political engineering is not your job, your job is to secure the country,” he said.
THE ‘LEAKS’ SAGA: Several audios have been leaked online in a span of eight days — three of the incumbent government and two of PTI.
The first was leaked last Saturday, which allegedly featured PM Shehbaz Sharif and a senior official. It contained a discussion regarding PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz asking for a power plant from India to be imported for her son-in-law.
Later on Sunday, two more audios were leaked on social media. One of them was related to a discussion about the PTI’s resignation and another was about former finance minister Miftah Ismail.
The first audio related to PTI was leaked on September 28, in which former prime minister Imran Khan allegedly told his then-principal secretary Azam Khan to “play” with the US cypher.
The second PTI audio leak came to the fore Friday, which exposed Khan’s conspiracy narrative.
In the latest audio, the then-prime minister Khan, ex-minister Asad Umar, and Azam could allegedly be heard discussing the US cypher in a meeting and how to use it in their interest.
THE CYPHER: Commenting on the issue of the ongoing cypher controversy, Imran said that its master copy is lying in the Foreign Office.
“They [government] should first ask the Foreign Office about the cypher’s master copy,” the former premier said, adding that the master copy first arrives at the FO and its copies are then sent to the Prime Minister’s house, president, and the chief of army staff.
He said that President Arif Alvi sent the cypher’s copy to Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial and that his party had sent one copy to the National Assembly speaker.
“What cypher are they talking about being stolen?” he questioned the government, adding they “initially lied” that there is no cypher.
Imran said that the PTI government had declassified the cypher during the last cabinet meeting.
LONG MARCH: Reiterating his stance on moving towards “true freedom” in Pakistan, he said that his upcoming march to Islamabad is a part of the “Haqiqi Azadi” movement.
“We have planned more events after this. No one will be able to guess what will happen, what we’ll do. [I’ve] just shared this with my closest four to five people,” he said.
“Our discussions get leaked, our phones get taped. It seems like I’m a traitor,” the former premier said, claiming that his servants are being paid to leak information.
However, Imran said that an “unprecedented” sea of people will march toward Islamabad.
“It will be the biggest in the history of Pakistan and no one can picture what will happen. But I won’t tell exactly what will happen,” he said, adding that only a close group of people knew the details.