pakistan
Thursday Sep 29 2022
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Web Desk

Fawad spills beans on eavesdropping at PM House

By
Web Desk
PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry. File photo
PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry. File photo 

  • Fawad says COAS General Bajwa wanted Imran Khan to debug PM House while he was PM of country. 
  • Says General Bajwa believed vital discussion was not safe at PM House.
  • According to General Bajwa, things discussed at PM House are recorded and later leaked, says Fawad. 


Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa frequently advised PTI Chairman Imran Khan that PM House is unsafe for important conversations, revealed PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry.

Talking to a private news channel, Chaudhry claimed the army chief had repeatedly suggested to the then premier, Imran Khan, to debug PM House by using latest technology, as according to General Bajwa, "It was not safe to talk at PM House."

"The army chief told Imran Khan that the points that we discuss here are recorded and leaked later on," Chaudhry said. "General Bajwa had said Nawaz Sharif stepped out of PM House when he wanted to talk to him about some vital issue."

The army has secured the rooms of their headquarters with state-of-the-art technology in the era of General (retd.) Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Fawad believed.

He further said that an article published in UK-based newspaper The Guardian revealed that the Indian government had asked an Israeli company to hack 29 telephone numbers, including that of Imran Khan. "I won't be surprised if the investigation finds the hacking [of the telephone calls] was carried out from abroad," he said.

It is unacceptable for PM Office to be hacked, regardless of who is premier — whether Nawaz Sharif, Shehbaz Sharif or Imran Khan, he said.

Fawad said he doesn't support the PM's telephones being tapped. 

The PTI leader reiterated his party's demand that the government institute an investigation into the cypher. He questioned why the government and the Supreme Court of Pakistan were reluctant to hold an inquiry over the cypher.

Imran's 'let's play' audio leaked

On September 28, a sound bite of Imran Khan allegedly telling his then-principal secretary Azam Khan to "play" with the US cypher has come to the fore.

In the audio allegedly featuring Khan, a man can be heard talking about the cypher, which Khan mentions as the "threat" to remove his government.

Khan allegedly told Azam in the audio — the date of which cannot be ascertained at the moment — that "let's just play" with the cypher and not mention America's name.

In response, Azam tells Khan a scheme of how to use the cypher to further the PTI's political agenda. He is heard suggesting using Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood so the matter can be highlighted at a "bureaucratic level".