ISLAMABAD    -    The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has decided to adopt an aggressive approach to the cipher issue. Party insiders said that PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif has directed the

party from London to give a strong and aggressive response on the matter.

Nawaz has directed the party to inform the pub­lic about the matter and to tell them that this “con­spiracy” against the state was a “very big conspira­cy”. He also directed them to expose Pakistan Teh­reek-e-Insaf (PTI) chair­man Imran Khan’s “false narrative” on electronic and print media and social media with evidence. Party officials and federal minis­ters have been directed to hold regular press confer­ences on the “false story”.

The party supremo has called for a clear stand on the issue at the gov­ernment and party level while highlighting that an attempt was made to iso­late Pakistan on the dip­lomatic front. Meanwhile, PML-N Vice-President Maryam Nawaz lambasted PTI chief Imran Khan for making the cipher ‘disap­peared’ fearing he would be ‘caught for his forgery’.

“This cipher is not just a piece of paper, but it is given to you by the state of Pakistan that you will safeguard it. Whoever vi­olates the interests of the state by betraying the na­tional trust should be made an example so that no ‘foreign agent’ dam­ages the country for the sake of dollars,” she wrote on her official twitter han­dle on Sunday. Maryam said that Imran made the cipher disappeared after being caught red-handed; adding that he even used a hashtag for it. In an in­terview on Saturday, the deposed prime minister admitted that the copy of cipher he had was miss­ing and he did not know about its whereabouts. On Friday, the federal cabinet accused Imran of sacrific­ing key national interests for political gains by giv­ing fictitious meaning to a diplomatic cipher.