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Pakistan

Cipher case: special court adjourns indictment of Imran, Qureshi

  • Imran and Shah Mahmood Qureshi were expected to be indicted in the case today
Published October 17, 2023

The special court adjourned on Tuesday the indictment of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi in the cipher case, Aaj News reported.

Special Court Judge Abul Hasnat Zulqarnain began the in-camera hearing at Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail.

The judge decided to adjourn the hearing till next week and only distributed copies of the charge sheet among the suspects.

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

IHC rejects Imran Khan’s plea against jail trial

On Monday, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) rejected the former PM’s plea against his jail trial in the cipher case.

IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq announced the reserved verdict. 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 bench also mentioned that Imran had voiced his reservations relating to his security “numerous times”. He added that if the PTI chairman has reservations about the jail trial, he may approach the trial court.

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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Shaista Zaidi Oct 17, 2023 11:49am
Kangaroo courts
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Parvez Oct 17, 2023 01:41pm
Again.....a travesty of justice in making.
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BK Oct 17, 2023 05:46pm
Stop this nonsense already Munir! Why are you so hell bent on destroying Pak?
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