LAHORE    -   Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders Saturday ex­pressed commitment to take the issue of au­dio leaks and cipher to its logical conclusion as it has raised ques­tions on the prestige and honour of country.

Addressing a news conference along with other senior party lead­ers in Lahore on Sat­urday, Finance Minis­ter Ishaq Dar said that Imran Khan’s divisive and filthy narrative has been exposed in a re­cent audio leak and ci­pher is not a conspiracy.

Terming cipher as a secret document and the property of Prime Min­ister Office, he said that PTI Chief is responsi­ble for this serious se­curity breach. Express­ 

 ing displeasure over the poor performance of PTI in last four years, Ishaq Dar lamented that all the macroeconomic indica­tors of Pakistan showed des­perate performance and coun­try ranked as below to 50th economy worldwide in 2034.

He further pledged to steer the country out of the mam­moth challenges as Prime Min­ister Shehbaz Sharif is mak­ing his best efforts to tackle the challenges in an effective man­ner. He said that due to the pru­dent steps taken by the coalition government, appreciation of ru­pee is being witnessed against dollar. Resultantly, a significant reduction of country’s loan has been observed.

Ishaq Dar expressed the re­solve to provide maximum re­lief to the general public in coming weeks. Speaking on the occasion, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz Sharif said that PML-N will never compromise on the issue of national security.

She said PTI Chief Imran Khan committed forgery with the sen­sitive document and he should apologise to the nation. She said that Imran Khan tarnished the image of country in the world and ruined the diplomatic ties with other states.

Maryam Nawaz said PTI Chief received billions of rupees from anti state elements under the banner of foreign funding. She further said that former Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will come to Paki­stan and lead the party.

Responding to a question, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar warned that strict action will be taken against the elements involved deliberately in the de­preciation of rupee.

To a question over the cipher issue, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said that federal cab­inet has decided to raise the is­sue of audio leaks in the Parlia­ment and action will be taken against PTI Chief after discus­sion in the Parliament. Sanaul­lah said that he hopes that the Parliament registers a case against him under Article 6.

Information Minister Marri­yum Aurangzeb, Law Minister Azam Nazeer Tarrar, Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal and Per­vez Rashid were also present on this occasion.

‘IMRAN PLAYED HAVOC WITH PAKISTAN’

PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz also said that audio-leak regarding cipher ex­posed the real face of Imran Khan and proved that he played havoc with the Pakistan’s Con­stitution, security, diplomatic and foreign relations, and dem­ocratic system.

“You conspired against the martyrs, destroyed the coun­try for your own interests and spoiled diplomatic relations,” she said while taking a jibe at the former prime minister. She added that the PTI chief’s Bani Gala residence should be raided to recover the cipher.

Maryam Nawaz said though she did not want to utter Imran Khan’s name, she had to expose his real face and lies before peo­ple, adding that many audios had earlier come forth against PML-N’s leadership, but there was no such audio in which the PML-N leaders had ever talked against Pakistan. 

Of course, she said, there had been a conspiracy against Pa­kistan, and it was not by the PML-N, PPP or any other par­ty of the PDM (Pakistan Demo­cratic Movement), the establish­ment and any foreign power, but by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-In­saf. PTI leaders -- Shah Mah­mood Qureshi and Asad Umar, and Azam Khan, the then prime minister’s principal secretary, were involved in the cipher con­spiracy, she added.

During the Nawaz Sharif’s tenure, she recalled, there had been discussions and policy formulations for development of the country and people’s prosperity in the Prime Min­ister’s House, but Imran Khan, while sitting in the PM House, hatched a conspiracy against the country.

The PML-N vice president said that the PTI leaders also tampered with the national re­cord. She alleged that the par­ty had a mindset which want­ed to destabilise the country. In the cipher audio-leak, Imran Khan says: “We have to play on it”, which showed the mindset of Imran Khan. Today, no Pak dip­lomat in any country was ready to send ciphers to Pakistan, she regretted, demanding that Im­ran Khan must tender apology to the Pakistani nation.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar Saturday revealed that Princi­pal Secretary Azam Khan has admitted that he gave the diplo­matic cipher to PTI chief Imran Khan. Accusing the PTI for the missing cipher, Dar said: “The cipher is missing from the ar­chives and the audio leaks have laid bare their plan.”

Addressing the press con­ference in Lahore, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz hoped that now the youth of Pa­kistan would ask Imran Khan about cipher and other such au­dios, asserting that on one hand, Imran Khan had instigated the public against America while on the other hand he, during in­door meetings, said that no one should name any country.

Pakistan saw many elect­ed prime ministers and dicta­tors but none of them had been blamed as traitor and this igno­miny came only in Imran Khan’s credit. Referring to Nawaz Shar­if, she said that the person, who remained prime minister thrice, also had many secrets of the country and he also had faced severe threats as well as US $ 05 billion offer when Pakistan had been going for nuclear ex­plosions, and despite all odds, he never compromised on Pa­kistan security and sovereignty, and that was the real ‘Absolute­ly Not’. In his conspiracy under lust for power, Imran Khan did not spare even the army mar­tyrs and launched a malicious campaign against the national institutions, she said and add­ed that Imran Khan said that Mr. XYZ had conspired against him but the time had proved that he himself was Mr. XYZ, Mir Jafar and Mir Sadiq.

She said that she was com­plained of her government that Imran Khan breached the Con­stitution and brought bad name to Pakistan was still free and had yet not been taken to task. She suggested the government to raid Imran Khan’s house in Bani Gala and recover the ci­pher and other secret official documents, which were stolen from the PM House.