Gandapur's audio leak reveals 'PTI wants bloodshed' in long march: Sana

Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah cast a shadow on the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)’s long march on Saturday when he claimed that the former ruling party was busy gathering men and weapons at the borders of the twin cities and planning bloodshed by pitting people against the law enforcement agencies (LEAs).

Addressing a press conference, the interior minister presented an audio clip purportedly carrying conversation of PTI’s former federal minister for Kashmir affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Ali Amin Gandapur with an unidentified man as an evidence of his claim that PTI was bringing arms and men to the capital to create chaos.

Following the audio leak of Gandapur, a key cabinet minister told The Express Tribune that the government has decided to approach the Supreme Court against PTI’s long march and Gandapur’s audio tape as PTI was allegedly creating a law and order situation that might trigger clashes between the people and law enforcement agencies. The minister said that a petition along with proofs would soon be presented before the apex court.

The interior minister, who has recently earned the new nickname of a Hakeem Sahib; the one who can treat or heal diseases or wounds, said that PTI’s long march was aimed at dividing the nation and an attempt to spread chaos in the society, saying the Fitna should immediately be crushed as it could lead to country’s destruction. He also ruled out negotiations with those gathering guns.

The interior minister conjectured that PTI Chairman Imran Khan either wanted violence by pitting people against the LEAs or his own men creating such a situation where people lose their lives and the whole thing is presented as if the LEAs have killed peaceful protesters.

Sanaullah said that Imran hurriedly expelled PTI leader Faisal Vawda just because he predicted bloodshed and coffins in PTI’s long march and alarmed people about the possible danger through a press conference a few days ago. He alleged that Imran was misguiding youth and destroying the country, saying Imran was neither a politician nor possesses a democratic attitude.

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“If his behavior was of a democratic person then opposition wouldn’t have been his biggest problem,” Sanaullah said in a tacit reference to DG ISI’s revelation the other day that he had told PTI government that economy was the biggest issue of the country but it was wary of the then opposition.

Sanaullah, who is politically serving as an intimidating minister or force for the ruling alliance against PTI and its long march, said that Imran, whom he and the incumbent rulers frequently called a Fitna (a mischievous person), wanted to achieve his “satanic objectives” through a “satanic march”.

“Holding a rally in Islamabad could not be his purpose; staging a sit-in at the Supreme Court-designated places could also not be his purpose,” the minister envisaged, saying “his [Imran’s] purpose is to have bloodshed and create such a law and order situation where people start combating with the law enforcement agencies.”

In the middle of the press conference, Sanaullah presented the audio leak carrying conversation between Gandapur and the unknown person discussing about availability of arms, licenses and men near the capital’s border. The minister said that identity of the unknown person has been ascertained but not being disclosed.

Sanaullah said that the conversation of the ex-federal minister with small criminal groups, wherein people from Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi’s native town Gujrat were also tasked with same objectives, could not be ignored. He then ran the audio clip and read out the text afterwards.

The interior minister while commenting on Gandapur’s audio leak allegedly planning about bringing “weapons and men” near Islamabad with the unidentified man questioned how could PTI now claim that its long march was peaceful. “He [Imran] should be ashamed of himself,” he incorporated.

“How many guns are there,” the PTI leader allegedly asked the man in the alleged audio, who responded, “there are many”. Gandapur further asked, “And license?” “Many licenses are available,” the man replied. The unidentified man allegedly told Gandapur in the audio that there will be as many men as needed.

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The ex-minister told the man that “we are camping here in the nearby colony”, but asked which area or colony was closed to the border of the Islamabad-Rawalpindi. He then asks the man if Top City or Capital Town was on the left side after the toll plaza. The man replied that the Top City was on the airport side, saying he had “sent the whole map” to him.

“I have the [map]… just keep the men and equipment ready there,” Gandapur directed the man, who says “Sir, no problem”. Referring to the alleged conversation of the PTI leader, Sanaullah said he has asked the police chief to arrest Gandapur, who is in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa to avert bloodshed.

He said the PTI chief was also planning clashes between LEAs and his workers. “Federal law enforcement agencies are on alert and they will take action against him.” Speaking about the talks with the PTI, Sanaullah said, “They are collecting guns, how can we hold negotiations with them”.

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