Audio leaks: PTI moves SC, seeks criminal charges against PM Shehbaz

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Saturday moved the Supreme Court of Pakistan seeking a probe into the Prime Minister House audio leaks, seeking criminal charges against Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif.

PTI has sought criminal charges against PM Shehbaz and cabinet members for hatching a “criminal conspiracy” and said that the present coalition government has tried to keep the matter away from the National Assembly.

PTI has also stated that the authenticity of audio leaks was not denied by any government official.

There have been many audios, leaked during the last few months, of meetings of PM House, raising questions over the cyber security of the important office.

In one of the leaked audios, PM Shehbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, Ayaz Sadiq and others could be heard discussing matter of resignations of PTI’s MNAs. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders could be heard engaging in discussion about permission from party supremo Nawaz Sharif over acceptance of resignations.

PTI has maintained in the petition that the incumbent prime minister and the members of the federal cabinet could be heard discussing a heinous strategy so that the petitioner could be outplayed from parliamentary politics illegally, unlawfully and in an objectionable manner.

The petition has also maintained, “The entire discussion revolves around a criminal strategy/conspiracy to affect and target the party through piecemeal acceptance of the resignations tendered by PTI’s MNAs on April 11.”

It also said that the prime minister had admitted the actuality and existence of the audio leaks in a press conference on Tuesday, further adding that Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb and Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah had also admitted the reality of audios.

The petition maintained that violation of oath and utter disregard of the law and the constitution was committed by the National Assembly’s Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf. It demanded stern action against the PM and the federal ministers.

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