Cypher copy ‘missing’ from PM House records’

Sun Oct 02 2022
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The federal cabinet has accused former prime minister Imran Khan of sacrificing key national interests for political gains by giving fictitious meaning to a diplomatic cypher, saying the ex-premier has violated his oath and the “Official Secrets Act”.

The high-level huddle, chaired by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Friday, also noted that the copy of the diplomatic cypher was missing from the records of the Prime Minister’s House, saying that the copy was the property of the PM House.

While declaring the theft of the cypher from the records a serious matter, the cabinet formed a special committee of the cabinet to determine legal action against all those allegedly involved, including Imran Khan, ex-principal secretary to PM Azam Khan and senior ministers of the then PTI government.

Meanwhile, the meeting also discussed the issue of audio leaks in detail and endorsed the decision of the National Security Committee (NSC) to conduct a thorough investigation into the matter.

On Wednesday, the NSC okayed the formation of a body to investigate audio leaks.

Amid the worsening economic situation and political turmoil, the country was recently embroiled in the audio leaks controversy, which is still going on as audio leaks involving current and previous rulers continue to surface with frequent intervals.

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