Pak cabinet approves legal action against Imran Khan over leaked ‘foreign conspiracy’ cypher audios: Report

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani Cabinet on Sunday officially decided to launch legal action against the former prime minister Imran Khan about his audio leak in which he can be heard discussing the controversial US cypher and how to exploit it to portray his overthrow in April as a conspiracy , according to a media report.
Noticing the leaks, the Cabinet on September 30 established a committee to manage the sound system on September 30.
On Saturday, the committee recommended legal action against the purported audio leak of Khan and others.
The Cabinet Committee recommended: “This is a matter of national security, has serious implications for the national interest, and legal action on this matter is important.
The cabinet approved the summary through circulation on Sunday, Geo News reported.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation will be tasked with probing America’s cyber and audio computers.
In two audio leaks, Khan, former minister Asad Umar, and then principle secretary Azam Khan may have been heard discussing the US cypher in a meeting and how to use it to their benefit.
In the first audio leaked Wednesday, Khan is said to be talking to Azam and directing him to play with the cypher.
In the second audio clip, three leaders of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, including Umar, Shah Mahmood Qureshi and Azam, can be heard talking about the American scammer with Khan, the party’s chairman.
US Assistant Secretary of State for Central and South Asia Donald Lu is the central figure in Khan’s claims of a US-backed regime change plot.
Khan accused Lu of threatening the former Pakistani ambassador to the US, Asad Majeed, that failing to remove Khan through a vote of no confidence would herald “consequences” for Pakistan and vice versa.
Khan was ousted in April after losing a vote of no confidence in his leadership, which he accused of being part of a US-led plot to target him for policy decisions against him. his independent diplomacy with Russia, China and Afghanistan.
Khan used the cypher to portray his fall in April as a US conspiracy and used the story extensively in public protests. He also referred to the current government as “importing”.
The 69-year-old politician is the only Pakistani Prime Minister to be ousted in a vote of no confidence in Parliament.
The US has denied any role in his ouster.
Meanwhile, the leader of the Pakistan-Nawaz Muslim League (PML-N) Maryam Nawaz Sharif on Saturday expressed displeasure with the Prime Minister-led government Shehbaz Sharif for failing to capture Khan despite an “accusation” that “deserved his detention”.
She asks the government to carry out a raid at Khan’s Bani Gala residence to recover the “stolen copy of the cypher”.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said Khan was “power hungry” and wanted to rule the country “no matter what”.
“The decision is that the matter will be handled under the Official Secrecy Act,” he said.


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