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PM Shehbaz to hold crucial NSC meeting on audio leaks today

During the meeting, the committee will receive a briefing on the recent audio leaks and the security for the Prime Minister's office will also be reviewed. 

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The recent audio leaks saga in Pakistan has sparked concern over the country’s cyber security. As a result, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has decided to hold a National Security Committee (NSC) meeting on Wednesday (today) afternoon at 4:00 pm at the PM House.

According to the details, Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, and heads of the armed forces and intelligence agencies would be among the attendees of the meeting. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will chair the crucial NSC meeting on the audio leaks.

During the meeting, the committee will receive a briefing on the recent audio leaks and the security for the Prime Minister’s office will also be reviewed.

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Audio leaks fiasco

Many leaked audios allegedly featuring Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif have surfaced recently. The first audio leak, allegedly featuring Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, 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.

The second leaked audio went viral on social media — allegedly featuring PM Shehbaz, Rana Sanaullah, Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, and others — contained a discussion regarding PTI’s resignations.

In it, PML-N leaders can be allegedly heard expressing their opinions over PTI’s resignations. They are also talking about London’s permission to accept the resignations.

In another audio leak, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz can be heard suggesting PM Shehbaz jack up fuel prices. In a separate audio leak, Maryam Nawaz advised PM Shehbaz to stop the services of the health cards by giving a reason publically for facing a shortage of funds.

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Needless to say, the audio leaks have caused quite a storm in Pakistan. Reacting to the audio leaks, PM Shehbaz Sharif said that the “audio leaks” had marred the country’s standing in the international community as no one would feel free to speak with the prime minister out of privacy concerns.