Pakistan Politics

Maryam demands apology for ‘phone tapping’

Maryam demands apology for ‘phone tapping’

On Thursday, PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz requested an apology for her phone being “tapped” when responding to a reporter’s question on a leaked audio clip in which she and party leader Pervez Rashid used derogatory language at particular journalists.

Maryam remarked during a news conference in Lahore: “First and foremost, please accept my apologies for my phone being tapped. Pervez Rasheed sahib and I had a personal and confidential talk. Who had the authority to listen in on my private conversation?”


She also questioned why the audio recording was handed to a certain television station and why it was broadcast.

“First and foremost, respond to these questions and apologise to me,” she urged, without specifying who she was requesting an apology from.

“I want an explanation to [the question] of why did you record the discussion of a Pakistani citizen, a woman,” she said, claiming that the recording was sent to “government politicians, who supplied it to a channel.”

The PML-N leader stated that she was not accountable to anyone for her private chats, whether they were with Rashid or anyone else.

When a reporter asked if recording another leaked audiotape — supposedly of a conversation between former Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar and an unidentified guy about PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif and Maryam’s trial — was fair, she said, “I did not record it.”

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