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Pakistan

Cipher case: IHC rejects Imran Khan’s plea against jail trial

  • IHC says the jail trial was in favour of the former PM keeping in mind security-related matters
Published October 16, 2023

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) rejected on Monday Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s plea against his jail trial in the cipher case, Aaj News reported.

IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq announced the reserved verdict today. Disposing of the plea, the high court directed the former prime minister to approach the special court.

In its verdict, the IHC said that the jail trial was “in favour” of Imran keeping in mind security-related matters.

The case in question is related to the “misuse” of alleged contents of a diplomatic cipher, cited by ex-premier Imran as proof of an attempt to remove his government.

On August 5, Imran was imprisoned at the Attock Jail following his arrest in the Toshakhana case. He has since been shifted to Adiala jail.

Meanwhile, the special court announced to indict Imran and Shah Mahmood Qureshi on October 17 in the cipher case.

Cipher case background

A case was registered against Imran and PTI leader Qureshi under Sections 5 and 9 of the Official Secrets Act, 1923.

According to the copy of the FIR registered on August 15, consequent upon the conclusion of inquiry No 111/2023 upon the complaint registered in the Counter Terrorism Wing (CTW), FIA, it transpired that former prime minister namely, Imran Ahmad Khan Niazi, former foreign minister namely, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, and their other associates are involved in the communication of information contained in the secret classified document (cipher telegram received from Parep Washington dated March 7, 2022, to secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs) to the unauthorised persons (i.e., public at large) by twisting the facts to achieve their “ulterior motives” and personal gains in a manner prejudicial to the interests of state security.

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Parvez Oct 16, 2023 03:08pm
Our judiciary's credibility has reached almost rock bottom....sadly due to their own doings.
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Farhan Jeffery Oct 16, 2023 03:22pm
He should be in jail. He is the most corrupt person in Pakistan.
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Maj (R) Aziz Oct 16, 2023 04:37pm
Hang him publicly
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Gulzar Ahmed Oct 16, 2023 05:36pm
An excellent decision.Imran naazi is rather safe in jail.
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mustafa Oct 16, 2023 05:45pm
he has given nothing while being in power current government is performing much much better. I wish if they could continue for 5 years without PTI and PDM ...
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Joe Oct 16, 2023 06:38pm
@Maj (R) Aziz , First do the same with the compromised generals who destroyed Pakistan!
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SQLDR Oct 16, 2023 06:44pm
Are there any wise generals, air marshals, admirals left in the system (who got promoted on merit rather than on loyalty and buttering skills or by the wink of the crooks) who can instill some wisdom into top dogs to stop their blunders that is causing irrperable damage to the country!
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bonce richard Oct 16, 2023 07:47pm
@SQLDR, I agree with your opinion.
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Love Your Country Oct 16, 2023 08:01pm
@Joe, in our land they are buried with full honours even if convicted.
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Love Your Country Oct 16, 2023 08:03pm
IKN said more than once his life was in danger and now he wants to appear in the courtrooms where general public is tried? Niazi is full of contradictions.
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Lubna Oct 16, 2023 11:03pm
The country has reached a level of no return. Prayers for the country as it is no more livable
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