Federal Minister for Interior Rana Sanaullah has stated that the perpetrators of the audio leaks had been found and that telephone tapping rather than bugging was the method used to steal the sound bits.
On Monday, while talking to a local news channel, Rana Sanaullah said that an investigation was being conducted at the request of the prime minister and the National Security Council, and once the findings have been presented to the premier, a decision will be made regarding how widely the information will be shared.
He further stated that people “do these things for money as well”, and added that it was the work of Prime Minister House personnel and not the fault of any agency.
The security of such a significant government building has come under scrutiny following the recent release of audio snippets purportedly from a crucial meeting held there.
In recent days, a number of audio files with government officials and PTI/PML-N leaders including Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and former prime minister Imran Khan have surfaced online.
The National Security Council (NSC) authorized a high-level committee to look into the situation as a result of the consecutive disclosures. Sanauallah would serve as chairman of the committee.
The federal cabinet on September 30 also approved the NSC’s decision to conduct a comprehensive investigation during its meeting the same day.