Law Minister Azam Nazeer Tarar on Thursday said that state institutions have taken steps to secure the Prime Minister’s Office and changed some standard operating procedures after multiple audio leaks featuring the incumbent prime minister surfaced on social media.
On Saturday, a recording of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif started doing rounds where he was discussing with an unidentified official the possibility of facilitating the import of Indian machinery for a power project that was a concern of PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz Sharif’s son-in-law, Raheel.
On Sunday, further recordings surfaced, which were shared on social media by several PTI leaders, concerning former finance minister Miftah Ismail and the resignations of PTI lawmakers from the National Assembly. A day ago, another leak surfaced but this time, former prime minister Imran Khan and his much-touted ‘threat cypher’ were the subjects of the leaked clip.
Subsequently, in a meeting on Wednesday, the National Security Committee decided to probe the audio leaks and formed a high-level forum for this purpose, which will be led by Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah.
Elaborating on security measures taken in wake of the leaks at a press conference Thursday, the law minister said: “Our state institutions have carried out an exercise to secure the PMO, ensure [security].