Audio leaks

Most of the time, audio leaks supposedly of opposition leaders are making their way into social media. The audio leaks just serve to demonstrate that there is no regard for privacy in Pakistani culture

I used to look around before answering a phone call that truly bothered me. Of course, no one wants to be caught listening to something they don’t want to hear.

But, the recent rush of audio leaks has rendered calls dangerous.

A photo of Dr Yasmin Rashid and ‘controversial’ police officer Ghulam Mahmood Dogar has been posted to the supposed tape that has appeared on social media, along with a discussion.

Woman: (in Punjabi language) Give me some good news; has the order been placed?”

Man: No, the order has not been received yet.

Woman: What are their intentions? I am asking anyway.

Man: We have to get an order from the Supreme Court; they will be the same, and God willing, we will get them. Our servants are sitting there (to get orders). It is posted to the judges, they sign it. They (judges) don’t do it during court time; they do it after court time.

Woman: “Khan Sahib is quite concerned. I said that according to my information, they have not found them yet.

Woman: They will come at night; the document is signed and dispatched.

Woman: Today, night will pass in silence. I am asking you like that.

Man: Allah will do good. Allah Ta’ala will be kind.

Woman: I asked you a difficult question as soon as you came.

Call recording is become the standard. It began in recent years with the release of audio leaks of PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz on a regular basis. It was disgusting.

Most of the time, audio leaks supposedly of opposition leaders are making their way into social media. The audio leaks just serve to demonstrate that there is no regard for privacy in Pakistani culture.

This is not the first time this has happened, and prior mistakes should not be repeated.

Pigeons cannot be used for communication.

I recall when the media would release Maryam Nawaz’s audio tapes and ministers would urge action against her for her remarks. When both teams’ goal posts have moved, but the substance stays the same, nothing could be done.

Dr Yasmeen Rashid did not deny the authenticity of the reported discussion when it was revealed but called call taping a blatant infringement of privacy under the Privacy Act.

She stated that I will bring all those responsible accountable.

“I have a direct issue with Mr Dogar because he needs to take charge as per Supreme Court orders, and I want the JIT probe to proceed after a few days of circus,” Dr Yasmeen Rashid remarked.

The leaks of audio recordings have violated the privacy of two prime ministers, Imran Khan and now Shehbaz Sharif.

As audio recordings of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, former prime minister Imran Khan, and others sparked a political storm, the government issued a cybersecurity advise to ministries and provincial governments to avoid data breaches on the dark web. In two supposedly Khan recordings, he can be heard discussing a diplomatic cypher with top advisers, which has been at the heart of his accusations that he was deposed as part of a Washington-backed international plot.

Several elements, such as criminals, terrorists, hostile intelligence agencies and non-state actors, utilise the dark web. Users are urged to take precautions to prevent the exposure of their personal and official information to hackers and additional data leakage into hacking forums and the dark web.

The dark web, sometimes known as the darknet, is a section of the internet that can only be accessed with specialised software and offers users the opportunity to transact anonymously and untraceably, mostly using bitcoins.

The government issued a number of recommendations to maintain data security, including caution when browsing the internet, not to open links or images posted by unknown sources, and enabling two-factor authentication on all email, social media, and banking accounts.