ISLAMABAD    -   Federal Minister for Law and Justice Azam Nazeer Tarar on Thursday said that former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan’s irresponsible and conspiratorial narrative on Cipher had revealed be­fore the nation.

Addressing a press confer­ence here, the minister casti­gated the PTI chief over yes­terday’s audio leak.

“The painful thing is, when you’re in high constitutional offices, more than the politi­cal interest, your oath makes you bound to take decisions in the greater national inter­est,” he said.

He said that Imran had played a dangerous game with the country.

He said that then principal secretary Azam Khan should have realized he was a state servant and not advanced a political party’s agenda. It would have been much bet­ter if he (Azam) made Imran understand that this was not an issue that could be played with, instead he should have shut it down and told the Foreign Office to do whatever appropriate action since it was its domain, he added.

Tarar said that when the oath was taken as a member of Parliament or as a Prime Minister, they pledge that they would not give prior­ity to personal interest over national interest, as a public office holder had to take im­portant decisions in the wid­er national interest.

He said that Imran Khan’s conspiracy narrative had exposed before the people, Imran Khan preferred per­sonal interest over national interest. The former prime minister took irresponsible behavior on the cipher issue, he added. 

The Law Minister said that we should take such deci­sions which were in the in­terest of the state. The for­mer prime minister played a dangerous game against the country’s interest, he added.

He said that Pakistan had a long history of diplomatic re­lations with America.

He said that the pres­ent government had not yet withdrawn the letter sent by the former prime minister to the Supreme Court to form a judicial commission to inves­tigate the Cipher, but the Su­preme Court did not consider it appropriate to take action after its decision.

The Law Minister said that the issue of audio leak was reviewed in detail in the meeting of the National Security Committee and the decisions and priorities regarding the future were determined. In this regard, the government had formed a special committee headed by the interior minister. The committee would review these audio leaks and secret recordings, he added.