The defence ministry of Pakistan denies any involvement in the recording and leaking of phone conversations between government officials and other high-profile individuals. This statement was made in response to petitions filed by Bushra Bibi, the former first lady, and Najam Saqib, the son of former chief justice Saqib Nisar. Both individuals were allegedly featured in leaked phone conversations that were shared on social media. The interior ministry and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority also submitted their replies to the Islamabad High Court. The judge remarked that the government’s replies indicate that they do not have the means to record phone conversations and requested a detailed report. The judge also suggested that intelligence agencies could be involved and warned that they might be named as respondents in the case. The court found the government’s reply unsatisfactory. Bushra Bibi’s lawyer informed the court that she had been summoned by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for a voice-matching test. Justice Sattar stated that he could not interfere with an ongoing inquiry and advised the lawyer to file a petition regarding any violation of the petitioner’s fundamental rights. In previous hearings, the court combined the petitions of Saqib and Bushra Bibi. Saqib challenged the parliamentary proceedings against him over an alleged audio where he purportedly sought a bribe. Bushra Bibi criticized the media for broadcasting the leaked conversation, claiming it harmed her reputation. She argued that airing the audio violated Article 4 of the Constitution, citing a Supreme Court judgement stating that the government has no authority to record private conversations and conduct surveillance.
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