An important meeting of the National Security Committee was chaired by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday to discuss the audio leaks of the calls between Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and other top government officials.
The meeting was attended by the heads of all the armed forces and cabinet members including Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar. The audio leaks purportedly featuring call recordings of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif stirred a controversy and uncertainty regarding the information security of the country. Many social media activists expressed shock over the sensitive leaks from the Prime Minister office.
Prime Minister had earlier termed the leaks as a serious breach while acknowledging the damage to the prestige of the country caused by the incident. “It is an important matter and needs to be investigated thoroughly”, he said while announcing that a high-level committee will be formed to investigate the audio leaks.
The meeting of the NSC over the issue signifies its gravity as it is being considered a major lapse in the information security of Pakistan.
Earlier in the week an unknown hacker penetrated the communication network of the top office of the country, tapping audio calls between the Prime Minister and top government officials. While the incident raised serious questions regarding the information security of Prime Minister’s Office, the content of the audio leaks stirred another political controversy in the country.
Talking to the press, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has verified the audio but rejected the allegations being levelled against him on the basis of the audio leak.
So far several audio calls of the country’s top government officials and political leaders including Imran Khan has been leaked and the hacker has announced to leak numerous more audio recordings of such calls on Friday.