An alleged audio tape linked to one of the senior leaders of the PTI was leaked on Monday which claimed that the events of May 9 were “pre-planned”.
“I want to play audio, which has been leaked on a Twitter account indibell where Samsam Bukhari is speaking about the May 9 events,” Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Interior and Legal Affairs Attaullah Tarar said at a press conference in Islamabad on Monday.
Protests broke out after Imran Khan was arrested by paramilitary forces from the premises of the Islamabad High Court on May 9 in 190 million pounds case. Protesters attacked state buildings, including Radio Pakistan and Jinnah House (Corps Commanders House) in Lahore.
Days after the protests, several PTI leaders and supporters were arrested. Later, many leaders from its top tier left the party and some of them even condemned Khan’s apparent onslaught against army officials.
The PTI chief had accused the serving military officials of harassing his party members.
But last month a trial court gave a clean chit to PTI Chairman Imran Khan in a case related to May 9 events.
In the presser, Tarar described the alleged audio tape as proof of evidence of PTI chief Imran Khan and his party’s involvement in the riots.
He alleged that the top leadership of PTI were directed by Khan to attack military installations.
Transcript of alleged audio tape
Syed Samsam Bukhari: Three days ago, they held a meeting of the core committee.
Syed Samsam Bukhari: there they had made the decision, there was Afridi, there was Suri and this that.
There were sounds in the background which was not audible and the conversations stopped for a bit
Syed Samsam Bukhari: Suri was there, Afridi was there.
Reply: All those.
Syed Samsam Bukhari: Murad Saeed the dirtiest, over there they designed that whatever protest we do, it will be against the army. Firstly, Allah Pak saved me that I was not present there, secondly what saved me was that Yasmeen and I have a very good relationship.
Syed Samsam Bukhari: With Yasmeen Rashid, some people also have a good relationship. Sudden break,
Syed Samsam Bukhari: Liberty Market. Well, my truth is that I was not feeling well. And secondly, I had an idea that they will cause some Riot.
Reply: This was after the morning incident was done.
Syed Samsam Bukhari: Morning, this is after he (Imran Khan) had been caught, I said I am in Okara and I cannot come, I said I am in Okara, and I cannot come. First, I went there (pehle main uthaygaya), Shafqat is a very sensible guy.
Reply: Shafqat Mehmood?
Syed Samsam Bukhari: Shafqat Mehmood.
Syed Samsam Bukhari: Over there they said that now we have to go to the Corps Commanders House [Jinnah House in Lahore], Shafqat said don’t go there, we will ruin the party, don’t go. They said that no it is “Sahab’s” order. Shafqat started the car and came to his house.
Syed Samsam Bukhari: Return.