Copy of cypher ‘missing’ from PMO, cabinet told

Copy of cypher

Specifics of US’s Alleged Threat

On Friday, the Federal cabinet was notified that a copy of the diplomatic code containing the specifics of the US’s alleged threat against the government of former premier Imran Khan was “missing” from Prime Minister House files. 

The PTI’s accusation that the US plotted with groups within Pakistan to remove Imran from office centres on the cypher, which was based on then-envoy Asad Majeed’s encounter with State Department employee Donald Lu. 

The “stealing” of diplomatic cypher documents is a “unforgivable crime” and a violation of the Official Secrets Act of 1923, according to a handout distributed following a cabinet meeting. 

Cabinet Constituted a Special Committee

The cabinet constituted a special committee after careful consideration to decide what legal action should be taken against all parties involved, including the former prime minister, former principal secretary to the prime minister, and senior ministers. 

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The handout noted that “the cabinet committee would be made up of the representatives of the coalition parties in the government, together with ministers.” 

The act amounted to prioritising political goals over important state interests, which was described to the government as a “unpardonable crime” against the state. 

Cypher’s Reception Record

Participants in the meeting were informed that the relevant department had a copy of the cypher’s reception record, but that the diplomatic cable was missing. 

The cabinet was informed about the audios, claiming that they proved “the criminal conspiracy of the prior government” and that the cypher had been given “fictitious meanings for political mileage” before being stolen following fraud, forgery, and fabrication. 

The cabinet also sharply denounced the PTI employees in London for their “harassment and intimidation” of Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb. The group agreed that neither Western civilisation nor Islam allowed for such behaviour. 

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