Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has termed an alleged leaked audio clip of the former chief justice â€œfabricatedâ€, saying PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz had set-up a team to make â€œfake audios and videosâ€.
â€œThis is not a first time that PML-N has released such an audio clipâ€¦ they wanted to pressure judges through this and hopefully judiciary will reject this pressure,â€ he said while addressing a press conference in Islamabad following the federal cabinet meeting on Tuesday.
Fawad was referring to an explosive audio clip of ex-CJ Saqib Nisarâ€™s conversation with an unidentified person, in which he purportedly passed instructions to sentence former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam.
The minister claimed that PML-N leader Maryam had formed a special team for creating â€œfake leaksâ€ with the help of technology in an attempt to pressure judiciary and other institutions.
â€œShe [Maryam] might be making videos to control her party members, I don’t think anyone else has stooped so low in the countryâ€™s political history like this â€˜Maryam groupâ€™ in the PML-N,â€ he added.
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He also lauded a local TV channel for debunking the â€œfake audio clipâ€ against the former top judge.
On Sunday night, journalist Ahmed Noorani shared the audio clip claiming that the former CJP had directed his subordinates to send Sharifs to jail â€œas institutions wanted to bring Imran Khan into powerâ€. Since then, the traditional and social media spaces remained awash with debate over the audio clip.
The journalist said that a US-based firm has verified that the voice in the leaked audio clip matched with the retired CJPâ€™s. However, the former top judge of the country has declared it â€œfabricatedâ€.
The sources said that Prime Minister Imran Khan has conveyed to his party leaders that they should apprise the people about the PML-Nâ€™s past, especially how they had allegedly attacked judiciary and influenced judges to get decisions in their favour in the past.
The premier was quoted as saying that the government respects the institutions and stands by them.