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Pakistan

Cypher probe: Imran can be arrested during inquiry, says Rana Sanaullah

  • Interior minister says FIA will make recommendations based on evidence regarding those who are complicit and against whom criminal cases should be filed
Published July 20, 2023

Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said on Thursday that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) might arrest Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan if he fails to cooperate with their investigation into the cypher.

His remarks comes after Azam Khan, then-principal secretary of Imran, reportedly recorded a statement in which he said the former prime minister allegedly used the diplomatic cypher for his political interest.

In a tweet today, Sanaullah said the FIA has summoned the PTI chairman on July 25 in the cipher investigation.

“If he does not cooperate during the inquiry stage, he could face possible arrest. Following the investigation, the FIA will make recommendations based on evidence regarding those who are complicit and against whom criminal cases should be filed,” he said.

In a presser on Wednesday, Sanaullah said that Azam’s statements proves that the PTI chief was primarily responsible for the cipher conspiracy that adversely affected Pakistan’s diplomatic ties and economy.

Sanaullah said Imran deliberately used the cipher to build a narrative against the then-opposition.

“Taking a U-turn, now Imran claims that the cipher has been lost,” he said.

The interior minister, however, said that the original cipher is still with the PTI chief, and he should be prosecuted for keeping a secret document in private possession.

US does not take sides on political parties in Pakistan

In a related development, the United States, referring to recent revelations regarding the cypher, has said that it does not take sides on political parties in Pakistan or any other country.

During a press briefing, US State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller was asked to comment on the statement reportedly recorded by Azam.

‘‘I don’t know how many times I can respond to this question from the podium and give the same answer, which is that these allegations, such as they are, are completely unfounded,’’ Miller replied.

The spokesperson was also asked to comment on Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah’s statement that the government would initiate criminal proceedings against Imran on charges of exposing official secrets.

The US spokesperson replied, ‘‘I will say, as I have said before, that the US does not involve itself with domestic political questions, and we do not take sides on political parties in Pakistan or any other country.’’

Azam Khan records statement

On Wednesday, former prime minister Imran Khan’s then-principal secretary Azam Khan reportedly recorded a statement under Section 164 CrPC in which he maintained that Imran used a diplomatic cypher for his alleged political interest by creating a narrative against the establishment and the then-opposition.

He said that on March 8, 2022, the foreign secretary approached Azam and informed him about the cypher sent to him at his residence on the same evening.

As per the statement, the foreign secretary informed Azam that former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had already discussed the cypher with the PTI chairman which Imran confirmed the next day when Azam presented the cypher to him.

According to Azam’s confession, when Imran learned of the cipher, he was “euphoric” and called it a “US blunder.”

Imran also allegedly told Azam that the cypher can be used to divert the general public’s attention towards foreign involvement in a no-confidence motion by the opposition, it says, adding that thereafter, Imran asked Azam to hand over the cypher to him, which he did.

The statement said that the cypher copy was retained by the PTI chief and the next day on March 10, 2022, when he asked for it, Imran replied that he has misplaced it.

Azam Khan claimed that Imran Khan said to him that he will display it in front of the public and “twist the narrative that a foreign conspiracy is being hatched in collusion with local partners and play the victim card.”

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Bilal Arshad Deo Jul 20, 2023 03:29pm
Excessive protest is illegal so that excessive use of illegal arrest Breaking constitution is crime first decide how many already fixed by this law Ending term of a purchased government have no right to polarize society further
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zaya zaya Jul 20, 2023 04:11pm
What a foolish assertion, Rana Sanaullah will have to arrest all those present in the two NSC meeting (one under IK and other under SS) who agreed to issue a démarche to usa for interfering in Pakistan Internal Affairs, that is a FACT!
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Zubair Jul 20, 2023 05:17pm
Rana Sb and Govt! I think it would be more beneficial for the nation if you arrest PKR depreciation. Better focus on country's security and economy and let the nation decide which leader is good for them.
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Shahid Khan Jul 20, 2023 05:28pm
Dear Sir, the economy is bleeding. Why don't you do what's required
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Asim Jul 20, 2023 06:48pm
These lot are not capable of doing anything good for Pakistan or achieving anything - corruption is the only thing that runs deep in them - and they have the blessing of the neutrals to do this damage to Pakistan - not sure if the neutrals are enjoying the show - like the old saying what you sow so shall you reap…
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BK Jul 20, 2023 07:03pm
Sad and pathetic state of affairs. A criminal, narcotics dealer, and alleged murderer is giving orders for the arrest of one of the biggest philanthropist of Pakistan, a national sports hero and the most honest political leader we have right now....IK truly is the last man standing! May God be with him,...cause people of Pakistan are too scared to support him... Thank you BAJWA/MUNIR! You have done great service for my country
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Asim Jul 20, 2023 08:07pm
Only the good and honest people get arrested and harassed, courtesy of the neutrals. What about you sir - you mr corruption is fully backed and supported by the neutrals - being a minister you openly give threat to innocent civilians and you think that the country is on the correct path…
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Muhammad Rafique Jul 20, 2023 08:09pm
BR seems more happy that Imran khan will be arrested the way this reporting is made via an established layer in sitting p d m govt. . .
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zh Jul 20, 2023 10:24pm
Was this idiot not present in the meeting of the security council under Shehbaz Sharif that confirmed the existence of the cypher?
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zh Jul 20, 2023 10:25pm
@Shahid Khan, Because they do know what to do.
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DocKewl Jul 21, 2023 01:48pm
Arrest Imran Khan and arrest the entire 80% public who supports him. This country only belongs to goons and corrupt mafia anyways. Nobody else has a right to freedom.
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