Imran Khan ‘reached out’ to Asif Ali Zardari for reconciliation ahead of ouster: leaked audio reveals

Imran Khan Asif Ali Zardari

A leaked audio recording alleging Imran Khan reached out to Asif Ali Zardari ahead of his ouster (File Photo)

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Pakistan: Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan sought reconciliation with former Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and real estate tycoon Malik Riaz Hussain ahead of the no-trust vote in Parliament last month, a leaked telephonic conversation alleged. Notably, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan was ousted from the top office last month after failing the no-confidence motion.
According to media reports, in the leaked telephonic conversation that has surfaced, Malik Riaz was heard saying that Imran Khan wanted to ‘reach out to Zardari‘ for reconciliation. The 32-second long audio recording with voices believed to be that of Asif Ali Zardari and Malik Riaz went viral on social media. The date of the same, however, has not been ascertained till now.

According to Dawn newspaper, in the recording, Riaz was heard telling Zardari that Khan was sending him messages.

“Today, he (Imran Khan) has sent too many messages,” Riaz told Zardari who responded by saying, “It is impossible now.”‘ “It’s okay. I just wanted to bring this to your notice,” the voice reported to be of Riaz, said.

The PTI took no time in labelling the audio as ‘fake.’ On the other hand, members of Asif Ali Zardari’s party, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) said the recording ‘seemed genuine.’

“A business personality and an anti-Imran Khan politician are having a conversation which is being attributed to Imran Khan. However, the conversation has nothing to do with reality,” PTI leader Shahbaz Gill said on the matter, according to the Express Tribune newspaper.