A former adviser to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister on Information Ajmal Wazir has said that the leaked audio clip he was reportedly fired over was heavily “edited”, laying the blame for it on those who “plotted this third-class act” against him.

Wazir was removed from his position early on Saturday and replaced by Kamran Bangash, who is also the special assistant to the chief minister for local government, elections, and rural development. Bangash will hold both portfolios, according to a notification by the provincial government.

The reason behind Wazir’s removal is said to be a leaked audio clip and allegations that he received commission from an advertising agency.

“Ajmal Wazir was removed after leaked audio [clip],” Bangash had confirmed. “Some things have come to light regarding [Wazir] taking commissions from an advertising firm.”