ISLAMABAD - Some leaked audios involving informal conversations at the Prime Minister Office have stirred quite a controversy but the question still remains whether these leaks will snowball into a full-blown political crisis or just turn into a storm in a tea cup?
Some audio recordings of conversations between key government figures including Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, some of his cabinet members and some leaders of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had gone viral on social media over the weekend.
Though the authenticity of these leaks has yet to be confirmed through some investigation, the government has not disputed the content, which raises serious questions on the flaws of the cyber security of the key government offices and the counter intelligence mechanisms of the country. PM Shehbaz Sharif, while taking the sensitivity of the matter into account, has summoned an important meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) during the week to discuss the security issues linked with the audio leaks. The opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan in his public gatherings has been trying to exploit the issue of leaked conversations between the premier Shehbaz and some of his close aides including PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz. Though Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan has said that the issue would be investigated thoroughly, yet it has yet to be seen whether the government is serious enough to probe the issue or just sweep it under the carpet like other leaked audio and videos of the past. According to some unconfirmed reports, a formal inquiry has been started into the matter.
The present leaked conversations are different from the past ones that involved politicians and had been going viral on social media. In the past, intelligence agencies were being suspected behind those recordings.