Fawad terms PMO audio leaks ‘major security lapse’, calls for thorough investigation

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PTI govt ended due to anger of establishment, admits Fawad Chaudhry

Senior PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry on Monday termed the slew of audio recordings allegedly featuring conversations between key figures in the coalition government a “major security lapse” and demanded a “thorough investigation” to expose those responsible.

Audio recordings of purported conversations between key government figures — including Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz and some members of the federal cabinet — discussing governance matters privately surfaced over the weekend, prompting concerns over the security of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

PML-N leader Talal Chaudhry on Sunday had said the government was taking the leaks “very seriously”, however, he stopped short of denying the veracity of the audios.

The content of the recordings, which appear to be informal conversations in the PM Office — as opposed to recorded phone conversations — has not been denied or disputed by Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb, who instead insisted that these only showed that “nothing illegal had happened”.

Addressing a press conference in Islamabad today, PTI’s Chaudhry lamented that phone tapping had “unfortunately become a common occurrence in Pakistan”. He said the current leaks had caused a “national security crisis” in the country.

This shows that the PMO is quite weak in terms of cybersecurity and anything can be leaked from there, he stated.