ISLAMABAD – Former Prime Minister Imran Khan and his key aide became the center of attention on Wednesday after audio recordings purportedly of his conversation surfaced on social media.
In the alleged audio conversation, Imran Khan and his principal secretary Azam Khan could be heard discussing the US cipher, which the PTI chief claimed led to the ouster of the previous government.
In the around one and half-minute-long audio clip, a voice said to be that of PTI chief, can be heard saying “We have to play now… not going to mention US…We have to play on the fact that this date [of no-confidence motion] was pre-decided”.
This audio leak purportedly from the PM Office shows how foreign regime conspiracy theory of Imran Khan was made up. IK always knew there was no conspiracy to overthrow him. Damning stuff? It’s IK and nothing sticks so who knows…. pic.twitter.com/smFeJnN0Fb— Mehreen Zahra-Malik (@mehreenzahra) September 28, 2022
The other man, who is believed to be the then-principal secretary, Azam Khan, responded sir, I was thinking that on the cipher… we should called a meeting. If you remember, the envoy had written at the end that a demarche should be sent. Even if we are not going to issue a demarche… because I thought about all of this all night… You said that they have raised this issue but no, then I thought about how to cover this”.
Also, the former principal secretary to PM allegedly advises defiant politician to talk to the then Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and the foreign secretary on the matter.
PTI chief then said it has been written by the ambassador, to which Azam said But we didn’t receive the copy, how did they take it out?
The ousted premier then exchanges views with Azam Khan to chalk out the narrative for the masses as well as the world leaders.
In the end, the ousted premier can be heard saying “Anyhow, let’s turn it into a foreign conspiracy”.
Former Information Minister and PTI leader Fawad Chaudhary responded to the matter, saying the alleged audio leaks reveal an attempt to hide the US cipher from then Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The development comes days after purported leaked audio clips of government officials including PM Shehbaz Sharif, his cabinet members, and Maryam Nawaz.
Earlier, PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry had claimed that conversations of PM Shehbaz have been put up for sale on the dark web; however, the recent leak reveal that the bugging process started before anyone was aware of it.
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Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 24, 2024.
In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.
On Saturday, Euro stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.
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