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Pakistan

Cipher case: special court indicts Imran Khan, Shah Mahmood Qureshi

  • Special court Judge Abul Hasnat Zulqarnain holds hearing at Adiala Jail
Published October 23, 2023

A special court indicted Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi in the cipher case, Aaj News reported on Monday.

The hearing was held at the Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi by special court Judge Abul Hasnat Zulqarnain.

Earlier, the PTI had filed a petition to stop the indictment. Rejecting the petitions, the judge said the hearing was fixed for indictment and indicted the PTI leaders.

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

Last week, 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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Tulukan Mairandi Oct 23, 2023 11:24am
The screams of torture will soon start reverberating from the cell Imran is chained in.
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John Oct 23, 2023 11:30am
"Cipher case: special court indicts Imran Khan, Shah Mahmood Qureshi" Translation: Its the beginning of the end for the generals! They think they are smart!
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Tulukan Mairandi Oct 23, 2023 11:33am
They will end up delivering bonecrushing punishment to him,
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NK Oct 23, 2023 11:38am
@Tulukan Mairandi, but this time around masses will crush their bones!
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Me Oct 23, 2023 12:17pm
There are no masses, there is no support, there are no ticket holders, there are no candidates. They made sure of that before calling him back from the UK. Lets open our eyes and see for what it truly is in this demo(n)-cracy
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E Oct 23, 2023 12:40pm
@Abdullah, stick to the care taker setup. Pml n is very corrupt.
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ConKhan Oct 23, 2023 12:44pm
Mashallah
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ConKhan Criminal Oct 23, 2023 12:48pm
ConKhan behind bars forever.
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ConKhan Criminal Oct 23, 2023 12:48pm
Oh Yeah!
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Shaista Zaidi Oct 23, 2023 01:32pm
The Kangroo courts yet again proved that why they are worst in ranking. This is an advice to the youth to leave the country for better future. No hero is respected here
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Shaista Zaidi Oct 23, 2023 01:34pm
What a fall for our beloved Pakistan
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Shaista Zaidi Oct 23, 2023 01:34pm
What a fall for our beloved Pakistan
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Parvez Oct 23, 2023 02:09pm
...this was expected.
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KU Oct 23, 2023 02:17pm
And what about Dawn leaks? And his rants against army when he was in UK? Don't they fall in official secrets act or anti state crime ?
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Johnny Walker Oct 23, 2023 02:27pm
I wonder how much was paid out by the self professed lion to manage comeback and jail opponents?
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Doc Asad Oct 23, 2023 06:35pm
Establishment knows ....sharif family will do same things against them again and again...but since both are in love with each other and love is blind :)
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zh Oct 23, 2023 10:53pm
The scam goes on. The real culprits, who are now the prosecutors, avoid justice.
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Aziz K Oct 24, 2023 02:46am
The Real Loosers are 22 crore, mostly without healthcare, food shortage, crippling econmy who can only see the dark end of the tunnel while ELITES will still flourish as been last 75 years. Politicians, journalists are just pawns.
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Robina Khan Oct 25, 2023 05:49am
Imran khan should be treated with respect and honest and the law should understand Imran khan Is the prime minister of Pakistan they should respect Imran khan wish and release Imran khan as soon as possible and he was wrongly was treated badly In the cells and wasn't a criminal we want Jusice for Imran khan know and let Imran khan to.have he's freedom.back.and we want the courts to.release Imran khan let him.go.and return home
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Robina Khan Oct 25, 2023 05:56am
Imran khan should be released and let him.have he's freedom.back.stop treating him.like a criminal and holding Imran khan In the cell and why should he suffer In the prison we feel that Imran khan should ask for Justice from.court he lawyer day the same given home made food and phone TV fan shower toilet soap shampoo bed blanket pillows from.home clean clothes he Is the honest prime minister of Pakistan we trust Imran khan
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