Audio Leaks: Who is afraid of a new forensic analysis?

ISLAMABAD: Saqib Nisar’s leaked audio has divided Pakistan’s political spectrum into roughly two sides. The first side believes that the audio may be original primarily because it is backed by a forensic report by Garret Discovery, a forensic analysis firm in the US.

The opposing side believes that the clip is fake and has been used to malign Saqib Nisar and the judiciary of Pakistan with malicious intent.

PTI’s Information Minister, Fawad Chaudhry has been leading the campaign to defend Saqib Nisar claiming that the audio is fake, however, government officials have shown a mysterious aversion to getting their own forensic analysis done on the tape.

Samaa TV ran a video clip that alleged that some parts of the leaked audio had been taken from Saqib Nisar’s old speeches.

However, many important sentences from the audio leak were missing in Samaa’s video.

Whilst speaking to Shahzeb Khanzada, Fawad Chaudhry was unable to respond to the fact that the sentences, “We have to punish Mian sab in this” and “We were told that Khan sab has to be brought,” were not included in the clip by Samaa.

Despite a basic audio forensic analysis costing approximately $500, neither the government nor the courts have asked for another forensic report on the audio.

Garrett Discovery has confirmed that they worked for Fact Focus but due to confidentiality clauses, they could not disclose more.

Ahmad Noorani, the reporter for Fact Focus remains steadfast in his claim that the audio is original. Noorani said: “I have released the forensic report of audio by a credible organization. The only way to reject it is to come up with a forensic report of the audio I have released and prove it wrong.”

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