PM Shehbaz says ‘Zardari-Riaz audiotape’ has exposed Imran’s hypocrisy

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said that the audiotape – which [allegedly] has a conversation between Pakistan People’s Party co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari and business tycoon Malik Raiz – had exposed the hypocrisy of Imran Khan and his double standards.

In a tweet today, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif stated that the audiotape which had surfaced recently had exposed the hypocrisy of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman.

The tweet comes following the release of an audiotape which allegedly has a conversation between business tycoon Malik Riaz and former president Asif Zardari.

The content of the tape was run on a local news channel. Though the audio’s date and time are not clear, Riaz [allegedly] could be heard telling Zardari that PTI Chairman and then prime minister Imran Khan had asked him [Riaz] to mediate between the two.

In his tweet, the prime minister also pointed out that contrary to what Imran Khan had claimed, he had sought an NRO to protect himself.

He added that the fake story of a foreign conspiracy was “manufactured” and that his lies stood exposed.

The audiotape

“Hello,” Zardari says while picking up the phone. At this, Riaz said: “Assalamualikum sir.”

Following the salutations, the PPP co-chairman asked the real-estate tycoon the reason behind his call.

“Sir, I just wanted to inform you about a matter I had told you about before. I had told you that I wanted to talk to you about something, and you told me that we would discuss it later,” Riaz can be heard saying.

“I just wanted to say that Khan has sent me several messages for mediating in a patch-up between you and him, and today, he has sent several messages to me,” Riaz continued.

In response, Zardari said: “It’s impossible now.”

At this, Riaz said: “Yes, that’s fine; I just wanted to bring this matter to your notice.”