February, 22, 2024
Cypher Case: Imran Khan and Shah Mehmood Qureshi Arrested

Cypher Case: Imran Khan and Shah Mehmood Qureshi Arrested

Infostani Sources- Imran Khan, the founding chairman of PTI, and Shah Mehmood Qureshi faced charges in the Cypher case, leading to the rejection of Imran Khan’s interim bail in the Shahkhana reference by the accountability court. NAB’s Haj Abul Hasnat Zulqarnain in Adiala Jail arrested Imran Khan in the courtroom under the Official Secrets Act. The charge sheet outlined that both accused violated the Official Secrets Act by waving the Secret Daco Minute in a public rally on March 27, 2022, and intentionally using Cypher for personal gain.

Addressing the court, Imran Khan claimed that exposing the domestic and foreign establishment led to a conspiracy by Safar General Bajwa and American official Donald Lowe, accusing them of bringing down his government. The court, represented by Hajj Abul Hasnat Zulqarnain, silenced Imran Khan for inappropriate tone repeatedly. Shah Mehmood Qureshi stressed the importance of transparency in the trial and demanded a fair hearing. Asserting that the trial wrongly implicated two patriotic citizens.

The court adjourned the hearing till today, with PTI lawyers dismissing news of the indictment as false. FIA Prosecutor Rizwan Abbasi confirmed the charges against Imran Khan and Shah Mehmood. Noting that the accused refused to sign the indictment. The court made non-signing a part of the court order.

Cypher Case Developments: Arrest, Legal Maneuvers, and Judicial Challenges

Cypher Case: Imran Khan and Shah Mehmood Qureshi Arrested

The special court considered arguments on the FIA’s application for an in-camera hearing of the trial. The decision on whether the Cypher case trial would be in-camera was scheduled for today. Imran Khan’s sisters, Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s daughter, and others witnessed the indictment proceedings live. Lawyers for Imran Khan and Shah Mehmood. Including Gohar Ali Khan, Aitzaz Ahsan, Latif Khosa, Salman Akram Raja, Salman Safdar, and Taimur Malik. Proposed a complete boycott of the trial or re-challenge by Islamabad High Court. Claiming it was not a fair open trial.

Simultaneously, Judge Muhammad Bashir of the Accountability Court dismissed Imran Khan’s interim bail in the Shahkhana reference. Leading to his arrest by NAB in the courtroom. The NAB investigation team aimed to obtain a ten-day physical remand for Imran Khan. Despite the physical remand, Imran Khan would remain imprisoned in Adiala Jail. The Lahore High Court formed a three-member full bench to hear Imran Khan’s petition against the jail trial in the contempt Election Commission case.

The petition against the court order to set a good date by indicting the accused in the Cypher case will be heard in the Islamabad High Court today. Imran Khan expressed his lack of confidence in Chief Justice Islamabad High Court Justice Aamir Farooq and applied for separation from his cases.

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