September 29, 2022
ISLAMABAD – A SET of audio clippings of discreetly recorded, closed-door conversations between the prime minister and other key decision-makers have surfaced on social media — capturing the nation’s attention at a time when political tensions are on the boil. The content of these recordings will be dissected in great detail by opinion makers in the coming days.
The PTI has already started spinning them in its favour: pointing fingers at Maryam Nawaz and demanding that the chief election commissioner resign.
There is an element of hesitation even in the PTI’s posturing, however, as the national security implications of this leak become clearer. The biggest question at the moment is how a lapse of such grave proportions happened on the watch of multiple security institutions tasked with protecting the prime minister against exactly such threats.
When former finance minister Shaukat Tarin’s telephone call with Taimur Jhagra over the IMF deal was ‘leaked’ recently, there had been little question about who may have been snooping in on their conversation. Phone tapping is par for the course in a country where civilian leaders are fair game for illegal surveillance and few care about individuals’ right to privacy.