On Sunday, an alleged audio call between Mahjabeen Noon, Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial’s mother-in-law, and Rafia Tariq, the wife of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lawyer Khawaja Tariq Rahim, surfaced. In the call, they expressed their support for the Chief Justice and their desire for snap elections, while also showing their discontent towards the current government in Islamabad.
The leaked call revealed their concern for the Chief Justice amidst the ongoing election delay case being heard by a three-member bench at the Supreme Court of Pakistan, which includes CJP Bandial, Justice Munib Akhtar., and JusticeIjaz Ul Ahsan.
The CJP’s mother-in-law assured him of her support and urged to “weaken them and strengthen them.” They also vaguely referred to being present at a Lahore rally with hundreds of thousands of people. On April 4, the bench directed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to conduct polls in Punjab on May 14.
Ata Tarar, the Special Assistant to Prime Minister, took to his Twitter account to share an audio clip and expressed his suspicion of a deep conspiracy after hearing it.
Tarar alleged that the Constitution and law were being ignored for the benefit of certain families, referring to Chief Sahib and two of his colleagues who were reportedly trying to bring Imran Khan to power by holding early elections and participating in political rallies He then questioned whether the interpretation of Article 63 A was now clear. call
According to the alleged leaked call, the mother-in-law of CJP Bandial and the wife of PTI counsel Khawaja Tariq Rahim express their concern for the chief justice regarding the ongoing election delay case being heard by a three-member bench at the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Mahjabeen assures her son-in-law of her support and promises to strengthen him during the rift between the government and the apex court, saying, “Weaken them and strengthen them.”
They also briefly discuss attending a Lahore rally with hundreds of thousands of people. In its April 4 order, the bench, headed by CJP Bandial and comprising Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan and Justice Munib Akhtar, directed the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to hold the polls in Punjab on May 14. Audio Call
Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) Ata Tarar shared the audio clip on Twitter, stating his belief in a deep conspiracy after hearing it. He alleged that the Constitution and law were disregarded for the benefit of certain families, specifically the families of the Chief Sahib and two colleagues, who were attempting to bring Imran Khan to power by holding early elections and participating in political rallies. Tarar also questioned whether the interpretation of Article 63 A was now clear. call
PTI Senior Vice-President Fawad Chaudhry responded to the alleged audio leak by stating that his party has consistently urged the Supreme Court to investigate the chain of audio leaks after the release of phone calls from the PM Office and PM House in the past.
He expressed his concerns about the security of the Prime Minister’s Office and questioned who else would be safe if the meeting was being recorded. He further added that despite several months passing by, no application has been filed in the Supreme Court.
Fawad noted that individuals from all walks of life, including judges, politicians, civil servants, and housewives, have become victims of this “third-class thinking,” and no one can do anything about it. In his tweet, he also pointed out that illegal phone tapping is punishable by up to three years in prison under the fair trial law.
Transcript of call
Mahjabeen: Hello Rafia, what is going to happen?
Here’s a possible rephrasing that avoids plagiarism:
“I’ve been offering my prayers for Umar [Ata Bandial] since last night, and I’ve continued to do so throughout the morning. It’s hard to express just how much I’ve been praying for him.
Rafia Tariq: I have told people as well and sent a message to Umar. I said that you were present at the Lahore rally. There were hundreds and thousands of people. Similarly, there are hundreds and thousands of people in every city. And you just [try to] estimate how much the world is praying for you right now, which will [increase] your strength and your safety.
Rafia Tariq: No no, his safety is a must.
Mahjabeen: Weaken them and strengthen them.
Rafia: May Allah make the others blind. That’s what I am saying. They are…they are traitors of this country. Look at the way they are doing it.
Mahjabeen: Exactly. But now they are saying why has he got the authority to do it.
Rafia: No, but no, no, no.
Mahjabeen: They are deliberately giving an advantage by putting other things there now.
Rafia: There is no other thing.
Mahjabeen: And also questioning why has suo motu been taken.
Rafia: That’s his right.
Mahjabeen: Umar hasn’t been given [suo motu], it had happened earlier.
Rafia: No, but it’s the right of every chief justice. If you have to change the law then change them in your […vella] not at this time
Mahjabeen; No, but they can’t change them now.
Rafia: Not now. They can change it later but not now. The law is there.
Mahjabeen: Law is there. Exactly.
Rafia: Yeah. Exactly. [inaudible]
Mahjabeen: [I told his wife and kids] You don’t come at all. You stay with Umar. He needs you at this moment.
Rafia: No. Not even Naveen should come and I have told Iman that ‘beta stay with abba all the time’.
Mahjabeen: Yeah, exactly.
Rafia: At night, I… at night.. at night I sent something to them both, him and Muneeb. You know what he sent me [back]? The face that you make while biting the tongue. He was telling me to be careful. Why should I be careful? Why?
Mahjabeen: May the elections be held at the earliest.
Rafia: Elections… see if they don’t happen then assume there will be [martial law]. They [PDM govt] cannot stay that’s it.
Mahjabeen: They are not even ready to impose martial law.
Rafia: They are ready.