“The audio has exposed the ugly game he played with the country. Conspiracy was hatched indeed but it was hatched by Imran Khan himself against the country’s national interest,” she, flanked by other PML-N leaders and federal ministers, said while addressing a press conference in Lahore on Saturday.
“He did tampering and forgery with a sensitive document... this is a serious matter but I give credit to Asad Umar for saying that this is not a letter but Imran Khan persuade them to turn it into a conspiracy,” she said while referring to the alleged leaked audio conversation between Imran and his aides.Speaking about reports that the cypher was missing from PM House, Maryam accused the former premier of taking the diplomatic cable away with him. “He should seek apology from the nation for playing with the country’s national interest and waving a fake letter in front of them,” she added.Calling Imran a ‘mastermind of conspiracies’, the ruling party leader said the former premier severed the country’s ties with friendly countries. “He conspired against the country’s security, its foreign policy and democratic system.”Speaking about the alleged leaked audio clips of PM Shehbaz Sharif and other government officials, Maryam said either in official or private conversations people would never find anything against the country and the nation.“We can sacrifice our political interest for the country.”Maryam also demanded that Imran Khan should be thrown into prison for violating the Constitution and playing with the national interest, saying “he is still a ladla (darling) of someone”.“Certainly he is not our blue-eyed boy but of someone who is in South Punjab these days… but he too is not sincere with him but using him for his own vested interests,” she remarked.Speaking at the start of the presser, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said Imran’s crime was unpardonable and added that government will under its legal duty will take appropriate action against him for “abrogating” the Constitution.Calling the former premier a ‘conspirator’ who is on a mission to destroy the country, Dar said, “He has already destroyed the country’s economy. All macroeconomic indicators have worsened… he [Imran] pushed the country towards default”.“Minutes of the meeting are present but cypher is missing… it has been established that Imran violated the Constitution and violated his oath of prime minister,” he added.The government will be failing its constitutional duty if it did not take appropriate action against the ousted PM. “We will take this matter forward in light of Constitution and law.”Speaking about economy, the finance minister vowed to reverse the damage caused to economy by the previous PTI-led regime.“We saved the country from default… currency has started to improve… during the last five days an improvement has been witnessed in the country’s economic indicators.”Dar said he passed on relief to the people by reducing fuel prices despite challenges.Meanwhile, the ruling party has decided to adopt an aggressive strategy to counter the PTI’s narrative of foreign conspiracy.PML-N supremo and former PM Nawaz Sharif, who has been living in London since 2019, has directed his party to robustly inform the public about Imran’s “fake narrative” based on diplomatic cypher, according to the party sources.The use of diplomatic cable was a “big conspiracy” against the state and Imran’s false narratives should be exposed at all platforms including electronic, print and social media, Nawaz was quoted as saying.The party insiders added that all federal ministers have been directed to hold press conferences to highlight how Imran’s ‘foreign conspiracy’ narrative damaged the country’s foreign policy with an aim to isolate Pakistan internationally.An important meeting of PML-N leaders was held at party president and PM Shehbaz Sharif’s Model Town residence in Lahore to deliberate on ‘missing cypher’ controversy and legal matters pertaining to the return of party supremo Nawaz Sharif from London.Senior PML-N leaders Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Ahsan Iqbal, Marriyum Aurangzeb and other leaders attended the meeting, presided over by the premier.During the meeting, various options were considered to give relief to the inflation-stricken people.Moreover, the ruling party also discussed options for an in-house change in the Punjab Assembly and upcoming by-elections.After the meeting, the PML-N leaders are held a press conference to brief the media on the decisions.