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Pakistan: Imran Khan, ex-foreign minister Qureshi to be indicted in cipher case once more on December 12

Pakistan: Imran Khan, ex-foreign minister Qureshi to be indicted in cipher case once more on December 12


Former Pakistan PM Imran Khan
Image Source : AP Former Pakistan PM Imran Khan

 A particular courtroom in Pakistan on Monday dominated that jailed former prime minister Imran Khan and his shut aide ex-foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi can be indicted once more on December 12 within the cipher case for allegedly leaking state secrets and techniques and violating the legal guidelines of the nation. Judge Abual Hasnat Zulqernain heard the case within the Adiala Jail Rawalpindi the place the 2 leaders have been incarcerated within the case.

The in-prison listening to of Khan, 71, and Qureshi, 67, started from the beginning on Saturday after a ruling by the Islamabad High Court final month declared the jail trial unlawful on procedural grounds and likewise nullified its proceedings. The decide stated that contemporary indictment was necessary within the mild of the Islamabad High Court judgment which declared all proceedings unlawful after ruling in opposition to the jail trial on procedural grounds.

It resulted in a contemporary course of to provoke an in-prison trial of the due after finishing all procedures and beginning the case from the beginning. Hence, it introduced to indict them on the following listening to mounted for December 12.

Khan has been incarcerated on the high-security Adiala jail since September 26. Qureshi was additionally arrested within the cipher (secret diplomatic cable) case and is imprisoned in the identical jail.

Cipher case 

The listening to of the cipher case was once more shifted to jail after the order by the trial decide, adopted by its approval by the Cabinet and notifications issued by the Ministry of Law and Justice as required beneath the regulation.

On Monday, Judge Zulqernain adjourned the listening to until December 12 and stated expenses can be framed in opposition to the PTI leaders of the identical day.

Meanwhile, Khan’s lawyer Babar Awan informed the media that the previous premier requested the courtroom to summon the ex-army common and a US embassy consultant within the cipher case. “Imran Khan has said that the US embassy representative should be called and he also took the name of a former general,” Awan stated throughout a casual dialog with journalists.

The Dawn newspaper reported that Awan stopped in need of naming the previous high military common however media individuals who attended the cipher case listening to at the moment stated Khan named former military chief Qamar Javed Bajwa.
Speaking to reporters on Monday, the cricketer-turned-politician predicted that his occasion would win the February 8 polls, including that he was arrested beneath a plan. He additionally stated that he didn’t face any difficulties in jail.

Khan additionally spoke concerning the allegations put ahead in opposition to him by Khawar Maneka – the previous husband of his spouse Bushra Bibi. He said that he noticed his spouse’s face for the primary time after their nikkah.
The former prime minister additionally claimed that Bushra’s sons have been being compelled to present a press release in opposition to their mom.

Meanwhile, Qureshi, the co-accused within the cipher case, stated that the PTI was in his coronary heart and nobody may take it out of there. “I do not need any post in PTI anymore,” Qureshi informed journalists.
Family members and legal professionals of the incarcerated leaders attended the listening to together with particular prosecutor Zulfikar Abbas Naqvi and Rizwan Abbasi. Six members of the media have been allowed to attend the proceedings.

Why Imran Khan is dealing with the Official Secrets Act?

The cipher case was launched in August this yr after a case was filed in opposition to Khan for allegedly violating the Official Secrets Act by disclosing a secret diplomatic cable – referred to as the cipher – despatched by the nation’s embassy in Washington in March final yr. The diplomatic cable reportedly went lacking from Khan’s possession.

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on September 30 filed the cost sheet in opposition to Khan and Qureshi who signed its copies. The FIA invoked within the cost sheet sections 5 and 9 of the Official Secrets Act which can result in a loss of life sentence, or two to 14 years’ imprisonment if convicted.

Khan and Qureshi, who had claimed that the cable contained a risk from the United States to topple the PTI’s authorities, have been indicted on October 23. Both Khan and Qureshi have pleaded not responsible to the costs.
Khan was ousted via a vote of no-confidence in April 2022. More than 150 circumstances have been registered in opposition to him since his ouster from energy.

(With inputs from company)

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