Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Sunday took a shot at ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan and said the leaked audio recording of a telephone conversation between Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader Asif Ali Zardari and business owner Riaz Hussain exposed his hypocrisy.
In his tweet, Prime Minister Sharif said the alleged audiotape had “exposed” Khan. “The recent audiotape reveals Imran Khan’s hypocrisy and double standards. Contrary to his claims, he wanted an NRO (National Reunification Ordinance) to protect himself and his government,” Dawn said.
Imran Khan wanted an NRO (agreement) to save himself and his government, which was ousted by a no-confidence motion in the National Assembly last month.
Sharif said the audiotape of the alleged telephone conversation between PPP leader Asif Ali Zardari and property tycoon owner Riaz Hussain had exposed the former prime minister’s hypocrisy and double standards, adding that the PTI chief’s lies had now been exposed, Dawn reported.
The Prime Minister said, “False stories of foreign conspiracies were created after all his efforts failed.
The PML-N’s official Twitter account said that Imran Khan was “begging opposition leaders for an NRO while publicly (he) is creating a completely opposite idea”. It called the PTI leader’s move “hypocrisy”.
The leaked audio recording, which was believed by many to be the voice of Zardari and Hussein, was widely circulated through electronic media and went viral on social media on Saturday. According to Dawn, Hussein was heard telling Zardari that Imran Khan was desperate to “patch up” with him.
In a nearly 32-second conversation, the date and time of which were not confirmed, Hussein was heard telling Zardari that Imran was sending him a message asking him to help “patch up” with the PPP.
“Today, he [Imran Khan] A number of messages were sent, “An unidentified man believed to be a property tycoon told the former president, who replied:” It’s impossible now.
Hussein’s alleged voice said, “OK. I just wanted to bring this to your attention.”
The alleged recording comes two days after the PTI chairman abruptly ended his planned anti-government stance in Islamabad amid speculation of behind-the-scenes communication between him and the agency.
On the other hand, PTI has termed the audio as ‘fake’.
PTI Vice-Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Sunday described the audiotape as fake and an engineer, Dawn reported.
Meanwhile, senior PPP leaders said they were not aware of the timing of the alleged phone call, but they could confirm that owner Riaz Hussain has been playing a mediating role since the no-confidence motion was tabled in parliament against Imran Khan. Legislative Assembly by the then opposition parties.