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PTI moves Supreme Court seeking action over audio leaks

PTI pleaded that criminal action should be taken against Shehbaz Sharif and his cabinet members after the inquiry into audio leaks.

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PTI has filed an application in the Supreme Court seeking a probe into the purported audio leaks of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his ministers.

According to the details, PTI pleaded that criminal action should be taken against Shehbaz Sharif and his cabinet members after the inquiry into audio leaks.

PTI demanded an investigation of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and federal ministers Rana Sanaullah, Azam Nazeer Tarar, Khawaja Asif, Ahsan Iqbal, Ayaz Sadiq, and National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf.

PTI urged the court to take “judicial notice” before this issue triggers any “new situation”. It also added the audio leaks had made it clear that a conspiracy had been hatched to sideline the PTI from mainstream politics.

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While confirming the development, PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry said that the script of the audio leak was also submitted to the Supreme Court.

“Tehreek-e-Insaf has submitted the script of the audio-leaks of the talks of the ministers regarding the resignations to the Supreme Court, now these leaks are before the Supreme Court. More importantly, order an investigation into these leaks,” Fawad Chaudhry tweeted.

Audio leak saga

The leaks started on September 24 when multiple files of purported conversations, allegedly recorded in the PMO, emerged online. They apparently showed Sharif and other ministers talking about official matters. In at least one instance, the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party’s vice president Maryam Nawaz Sharif could also be heard.

Shehbaz Sharif called the leaks a “very serious lapse” and announced the formation of a high-powered committee to probe the incident.

Read more: Steps taken to secure PMO after audio leaks: Law Minister

“This is a big question mark. Who will now come to Pakistan to meet the PM in the PM House? Be it a friend or a sympathizer, they will think twice about if they should mention anything sensitive or not. They will think 100 times, wondering if these conversations will be recorded,” the prime minister said.