Another alleged leaked audio of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan surfaced on social media on Friday in which the former premier can be heard talking about the cypher with party leaders Asad Umar and Shireen Mazari.
In the 1:03-minute audio — leaked by an unnamed hacker — Asad can be heard saying that the letter (cypher) issue should have been raised a week or 10 days earlier. To which Imran Khan replies that the impact of the letter has been felt across the world.
“What we have done has created an impact, now the strategy is to brand and spoon feed public on Mir Jafar and Mir Sadiq. Their (public) minds are already fertile to accept this. We have to brand them (traitors) for life,” Imran can be heard saying.
Shireen says that China has issued an official statement condemning US interference in our internal affairs. Imran responds by saying that the entire world was now talking about it as they had thought. Shireen tells Imran that the Chinese officials have also condemned the cypher.
It should be noted that two audios related to cypher have come to the fore before the leak.
HORSE TRADING: Earlier in the day, an audio surfaced purportedly featuring Imran talking about “buying” MNAs. In the audio, a voice attributed to the former prime minister can be heard and he is apparently talking about ‘horse-trading’.
The audio starts with Imran purportedly stating “don’t think everything is over”, a possible reference to the vote of no confidence in March this year.
“From this point onwards, the next 48 hours is a long long time. Plenty of things are happening and I am also making some moves which we can’t disclose to the public,” says the voice attributed to the PTI chief.
“I am buying five [MNAs], I have five [MNAs],” the voice believed to be of Imran’s states.
“Nobody should worry and think if this is right or wrong, whatever tactic it is. Breaking even a single [MNA] will make a big difference,” the voice attributed to the PTI chief instructs party members.
PREVIOUS AUDIO: Last week, a leaked audio recording of PTI leaders was released purportedly featuring party leaders Asad Umar and Shah Mahmood Qureshi discussing the much-touted “threat cypher” with Imran Khan and ex-principal secretary – ratcheting up the controversy around the steady drip of damning leaks allegedly offering a glimpse of the inside story.
The 1.09-minute-long audio emerged on social media and featured a conversation purportedly between Imran Khan, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Asad Umar and Azam Khan about a strategy to set the stage for a narrative around the Cablegate affair.
In May this year, the former prime minister had urged the Supreme Court to take action against ‘horse-trading’.
“What example are we setting for our coming generation that public representatives were sold like goats and sheeps,” Imran said in an interview with a private TV channel.
Imran stated he believed if the apex court did not take action against ‘horse-trading’ then it would put the country’s future at stake.