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Cipher case: SC approves Imran, Qureshi’s bail

  • Directs them to submit surety bonds worth Rs1 million each
Published December 22, 2023

The Supreme Court (SC) approved on Friday former prime minister Imran Khan and ex-foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s bail in the cipher case.

They have been granted bail against the surety bonds worth Rs1 million each. Imran and Qureshi are currently incarcerated in Adiala Jail.

A three-member bench, headed by Justice Sardar Tariq Masood and comprising Justices Athar Minallah and Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, announced the verdict.


A case was registered against Imran and PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi under Sections 5 and 9 of the Official Secrets Act, 1923. It is related to the “misuse” of alleged contents of a diplomatic cipher, cited by ex-premier Imran as proof of the attempt to remove his government.

Last month, the special court indicted Imran and Qureshi in the cipher case. The duo then approached the SC for bail.

It is pertinent to mention that on December 13, a special court established under the Official Secrets Act indicted both of them again in the case.

On December 4, in an informal conversation with journalists inside Adiala Jail during the hearing of the cipher case, Imran said: “I will include General Bajwa and US embassy officials as witnesses in the case”.

“General Bajwa did everything on Donald Lu’s directives,” maintained a confident Imran.


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Aslam Tanoli Dec 22, 2023 02:20pm
They will not be free. There's no rule of law
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My name imran Dec 22, 2023 02:34pm
Iam Afghan refugees in pakistan and live in Peshawar .i want a laptop
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Faisal Khan Dec 22, 2023 02:55pm
@My name imran, Please ask the US , UK Embassy who are paying for your stay in Pakistan.
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Johnny Walker Dec 22, 2023 04:05pm
@Faisal Khan, The so called refugee may also approach Mullah Fazlur Rehman.
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Johnny Walker Dec 22, 2023 04:06pm
Well well well. Miracles do happen. I wonder what brought about this change of attitude in the SC bench?
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KU Dec 22, 2023 04:33pm
This bail won't last long and probably appealed. We are a laughing stock among legal fraternity around the world.
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Iman Dec 22, 2023 04:39pm
Dear sir ! I'm a student of law .I need a bicycle for going to university. JazakAllah sir ☺️
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Jamil Siddiquie Dec 22, 2023 04:42pm
Well the question is, would Imran Khan and Shahmahmood Qureshi be allowed to file nomination papers for and contest the elections?
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Jamil Siddiquie Dec 22, 2023 04:50pm
Question is, would the two leaders of PTI be now allowed to file nomination papers and fight general elections, whether or not they are free from jail?
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Agha Dec 22, 2023 05:05pm
@Johnny Walker, well said .., it's the way Mafia twisting the system and holding control jointly world order that makes pain in the neck for the countries depending on them..
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Agha Dec 22, 2023 05:14pm
@KU, very right... helpless people looking for miracle to happen and get rid of painful time...
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Parvez Dec 22, 2023 05:36pm
This case has become an embarrassment mainly in America, over here and in countries that are tracking this " regime change " episode......this small step looks like damage control untill another strategy to be rubber stamped by the judiciary is devised.
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Mustafa Dec 22, 2023 06:16pm
He is dangerous for economy of Country. He did nothing during his tenure.. Dint Forget BUZDAR as CM of 12 crore People
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Doc Asad Dec 22, 2023 07:18pm
@My name imran, Go back and ask your country or even better ask your father , India
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PakMonday Dec 22, 2023 07:55pm
Black day for Pakistan. Imran should confess to the world and end this nonsense forever.
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zh Dec 23, 2023 01:29am
@Mustafa , Exports had increased, foreign reserves had increased, large-scale industrial production had increased, and a new health card was introduced. However, the health card was cancelled by not-so-bright SS at the request of -bright Princess Calibiri. All these were achieved despite the global COVID-19 epidemic. Granted, Buzdar' was a blunder. IK was not perfect and had (perhaps still has) many flaws, but he is better than the present Ladla and his family.
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007 Dec 23, 2023 04:36am
@My name imran, pa laptop se ke
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