Cabinet approves legal action against Imran Khan, others on the ‘cypher’ issue

ISLAMABAD: It was reported on Sunday that the federal cabinet has given a formal OK to take legal action against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan and other party leaders over the “cypher” audio leaks.

The cabinet tried to give the Current Investigation Agency (FIA) the go-ahead to look into the “diplomatic cypher” audio leaks, in which former high level government officials are said to have talked about how they would “play” the cypher issue.

On September 30, a cabinet committee was made to talk about the leaks of audio recordings of the PTI chairman and other leaders of his party, such as General-Secretary Asad Umar, then-personal secretary Azam Khan, and Vice President Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

At a meeting yesterday, the committee suggested taking legal action. The proposals were put together in a summary and given to the cabinet to be approved.

“This is a matter of national security that could hurt the country’s interests,” the cabinet committee said in a notice that The Express Tribune has a copy of. It also said that legal action was “necessary” and that the FIA should put together a group of senior officials to look into the situation.

In the summary, the committee said that the FIA team should take action against those who break the law.
The former ruling party has come under fire after a recent audio leak allegedly showed Imran Khan, Asad Umar, Azam Khan, and Shah Mahmood Qureshi talking about the much-talked-about “threat cypher.” This has added to the controversy surrounding the steady drip of damning leaks that allegedly give a look at the inside story.

The 1.09-minute audio clip was posted on social media. It supposedly showed Imran Khan, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Asad Umar, and Azam Khan talking about a plan to set up a story about the Cablegate scandal.