ISLAMABAD    -    Pakistan Teh­reek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan on Monday said that the job of securi­ty agencies was to se­cure the country and not “political engi­neering”. “Our intelli­ agencies should think of them­selves…what they are doing …they are making people feel threatened,” Khan said while giving an interview to a private TV channel.

He added that political engi­neering was not the job of intel­ligence agencies as they have been tasked to keep the coun­try safe. 

Talking about the audio leaks fiasco, he said that the secure line of Prime Minister Office has been violated and security agencies would have to tell who was responsible for that securi­ty breach. He further said that his residence’s security line was also breached and the conversa­tion of his wife, Bushra Begum, was leaked to social media as well. In that audio clip, Bushra Bibi could be heard telling Dr Arslan Khalid that Imran Khan asked him to run traitor hashtag on social media.

“This is a very serious secu­rity lapse for our country,” he said, adding that the state se­crets have reached the enemies through these leaks.

The ex-premier went on to say that the master copy of the controversial cipher was with the Foreign Office and then its copies had been sent to the prime minister, presidency and the chief of army staff. He chid­ed the ruling coalition by ask­ing about which copy that they are talking about? They must have asked from the Foreign Office about the master copy, he added.

Responding to a question, he said that he would not disclose the details of the upcoming pro­test march of his party but a sea of people will march towards Is­lamabad. He added that only a close group of people knew the details.

The PTI chief said that during his tenure, the copies of the ci­pher were sent to the chief jus­tice of Pakistan and then the Na­tional Assembly speaker. “But the opposition refused to see the copy because they were a part of the conspiracy.”

He said that any one should read the minutes of the last cab­inet meeting of his government as they had declassified the ci­pher. He further said that the government cannot hold any proceedings on it further.

Imran asks workers to get ready for long march

PTI chief Imran Khan has di­rected his party workers to get ready for ‘real independence’ and long march towards Islam­abad.

He said this while chairing a meeting of party leaders at his residence here yesterday.

Senior leaders including Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Pervez Khattak and Yasmin Rashid at­tended the meeting.

The PTI chief urged the par­ty workers from Khyber-Pakh­tunkhwa and Punjab to finalize all preparations for the decisive round of anti-government pro­tests.

PTI insiders revealed that the call for the long march can be given to party workers any time after October 9.

“This time freedom march will be carried out with full prepara­tions,” the former PM was quot­ed as saying.

He said that special instruc­tions will be issued to party workers before the start of the march. Meanwhile, Imran Khan has also called a meeting of KP parliamentary party in Pesha­war today.

The PTI chief will give in­structions to the MPAs regard­ing the long march, adding that participation of the lawmakers in the meeting has been made compulsory.