Nearly three weeks after an alleged audio recording of Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif was leaked online, similar reports emerged on Thursday, in which local media claimed that “the Prime Minister was speaking on a sensitive issue” with a unknown person”. by The New International, the prime minister is allegedly discussing the appointment of ruling coalition special assistants with an unknown person.
In the purported audio, the unidentified man could be heard talking about the Pakistan People’s Party, asking for posts from the prime minister’s top aides. “No, it’s not like that, Bilawal Bhutto spoke to me in this regard,” the voice believed to be that of Prime Minister Shehbaz could be heard saying. As he spoke, another voice was then heard saying, “We also need to adjust Zafar Mahmood and Jahanzeb Sahib…I’ll tell you one last number today.” During the alleged conversation, he added that Muttahida Qaumi movement member Malik Ahmed was reminded that he played a pivotal role in reaching the agreement with the two parties… “I sends you his wallet; it belongs to Karachi”.
PTI claims clip now on dark web for auction
Early last month, alleged audio recordings featuring the alleged conversation between Pakistani Muslim League Vice President Maryam, Defense Minister Khawaja Asif, Law Minister Azam Tarar, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah and former NA Chairman Ayaz Sadiq and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, were leaked on the Internet. In the first audio, the prime minister can be heard criticizing the finance minister for his tough economic measures and decision to raise energy prices. It was not the first time that the Minister of Finance was criticized by party leaders.
Recently, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz publicly stated that she did not agree with the decision to raise gasoline and electricity prices, and said that she did not own such decisions, whether her party was in government or not. Subsequently, Pakistani opposition Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders questioned the security of the prime minister’s office and said the incident raised questions about the country’s cybersecurity. According to PTI leaders, the leaked audio proved that the ruling coalition came to power to make money, reported Dawn.
PTI leader claims audio auctioned on dark web for $3.5 million
Meanwhile, PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry criticized the ruling party over the leaked audio and claimed the file was leaked intentionally to make money. According to Chaudhary, the clip was auctioned off on the dark web for $3.5 million. While speaking to the media, Chaudhary said the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) was unsecured and the leaked audio was now auctioned on the dark web for $350,000. Furthermore, he claimed the leaked audio confirmed that decisions were being made in London and called the leaked PMO audio “a failure of the security agencies”.