A leader of Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, Azam Khan Swati, said he received an “obscene” video showing him and his wife from an unknown number.
In the video released by the party, Swati can be heard in tears saying, “I was upset when my wife called me and started crying. I asked my daughter, who came from America, to tell her mother about it. Then my wife revealed that she had received a video from a number featuring me.
“Because the daughters and granddaughters of my country are listening, I cannot say more,” added the 75-year-old PTI leader.
Swati then said that he told his daughter how he had been faithful to his wife and “isn’t your mother aware that I go to bed at 9 p.m. and get up at 3:30 a.m.
“I have always lived my life with her. Doesn’t she know that a few days ago, on the morning of October 16, I was filmed while in police custody? convert and make a video these days,” he added.
“But my daughter was sobbing and later said the video didn’t feature anyone but ‘you and mum (mother)’,” Swati said.
However, Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) said the video was fake and had been doctored, PTI news agency reported.
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“After the senator’s press, a proper investigation is necessary and he must formally file a request,” the investigative agency said.
Swati was arrested last month by the FIA but later released on bail after criticizing General Qamar Javed Bajwa in a tweet.
Condemning the alleged “leaked video” of his party leader, Khan, who was recently shot and injured during a rally in Punjab province, wrote in a tweet: “What happened to Azam Swati at the hands of the state has been a flagrant violation of all these (Islamic) values - from being stripped naked to being tortured in detention and now this video where his wife’s privacy has been violated.
“It is shocking, despicable and utterly condemnable at the same time. No human being should go through this. I call on the CJP (Chief Justice of Pakistan) to take heed suo moto,” the former prime minister added .
Asked about the incident at a press conference in Lahore, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said: “I condemn it”.
(With contributions from the agency)