Infostani Sources- The sub-committee on ECL of the federal cabinet has proposed placing the names of 29 individuals, including Imran Khan, Bushra Bibi, Faraj Ko Gay, and former federal ministers, on the exit control list in the 190 million pounds scandal case based on NAB’s recommendation. Other mentioned individuals include Zulfi Bukhari, Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Murad Saeed, Parvez Khattak, Hammad Azhar, Shafqat Mehmood, Brigadier Ejaz Ahmed Shah, Ali Amin Gandapur, Khusr and Bakhtiar, Azam Swati, Asad Umar, Umar Ayub, Sheikh Rashid, Fawad Chaudhary, Mehboob Sultan, Farogh Naseem, Shireen Mazari, Raja Manzoor Ahmad Kayani, Muhammad Arif Rahim, Muhammad Naveed Akbar, Sikandar Hayat, Muhammad Azam Khan, Nisar Muhammad, Ghulam Haider, and Arif Nazir Butt.
Interior Minister Sarfaraz Bugti and Communications Minister Shahid Ashraf Tarz actively participated in the meeting. Elie Camille added 141 names submitted by various departments and institutions to the Exit Control List (ECL) and removed names from the ECL across 13 different categories. Additionally, the sub-committee, acting on the judiciary’s direction, recommended the removal of 7 individuals, with 3 persons from the revision appeals suggested for exclusion from the ECL. The supervising federal cabinet will receive the subcommittee’s recommendations for final approval. Meanwhile, the Islamabad Accountability Court, presided over by Judge Muhammad Bashir, issued an order extending the physical remand of Chairman PTI Imran Khan in the £190 million scandal case.
Legal Developments: Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi Face Bail Cases, PTI Chairman’s Presentation Directed
He directed the presentation of Chairman PTI in court again on November 23. Meanwhile, Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi face bail cases in the 190 million pounds Al-Qadir University reference and terrorism cases, registered across three police stations in Islamabad. The hearing will take place today in Adiala Jail, where NAB Court Judge Muhammad Bashir will preside over the NAB reference, and both Bushra Bibi and Chairman PTI will appear in court. Today’s schedule includes the case against Imran Khan and Shah Mehmood Qureshi under the Official Secrets Act. Bich Abul Hasanat Zulqarnain will attend the hearing of the Cipher case at Adiala Jail.
Additionally, Islamabad High Court Chief Justice Amir Farooq granted a one-hour adjournment at the request of former Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to obtain Safar Rules and Guidelines.
The Supreme Court has issued notices to the Federal Ministry of Interior and the Federal Ministry of Interior, deeming the bail application of PTI Chairman Imran Khan admissible in the year-long trial. Justice Sardar Tariq Masood remarked that it is the first instance where defense lawyers are attempting to rectify the errors made in the trial by the courts. Usually, they stay silent at first and then file an appeal based on these errors.
If there were any deficiencies in the trial, you could have utilized them for the defense later. After nullifying the trial, the prosecution will rectify all errors and proceed with the trial. When the three-member NACA, led by Justice Sardar Tariq Masood, initiated the appeal against the indictment in Sar Tarkis, Hamid Khan, the lawyer for PTI Chairman, stated that the Islamabad High Court has issued a decision on the intra-court appeal. Yes, I want to review the decision.
Court Approves Plea, Questions Investigator’s Report in High-Profile Case; Examines ECL Implications
The court approved the plea, adjourning the hearing indefinitely, and granted permission to Hamid Khan to amend the appeal in light of the Islamabad High Court’s decision. Regarding the bail application, Advocate Salman Safdar, while reading the FIR, stated that this matter dates back to 2022. Justice Sardar Tariq Masood pointed out that it took a whole year to file the charge sheet, with some provisions carrying a two-year sentence and others involving death and life imprisonment. He mentioned the act of misrepresentation and causing damage to the State, either directly or indirectly.
Justice Tariq Masood disapproved of the notice lacking an investigating officer and questioned, “Who summoned you?” Instructing to return and take a seat, the head of the bench determined the role of the co-accused. Advocate Safi stated that Asad Umar was released, and Azam Khan is now a designated witness among the accused.
In the inquiry, Justice Yaki Afridi questioned how the investigator addressed the role of the co-accused in determining their involvement. Kal Safai responded that the investigator did not provide a clear position on Azam Khan in the final investigation report. Azam Khan faced devastation, leading to a case filed by his family after his abduction. Azam Khan’s 164 statement emerged. The PTI Chairman accuses political revenge and openly presents several arguments before the subordinate court. Justice Sardar Tariq Masood remarked that such political handling of cases would lead to such outcomes.
Supreme Court Inquiry on “Cipher ” Case Adjourned Indefinitely
Lawyer Safai mentioned that the imposed provisions pertain to crimes such as espionage, but the investigation fails to specify where espionage occurred or which enemy country benefited. Justice Sardar Tariq Masood remarked that the accusation revolves around compromising a simple fur collar, which, even if altered, can be replaced multiple times, possibly even within a week. Lawyer Safi pointed out that while the charge carries a penalty of a fine or two years of imprisonment, the provisions are stringent.
He stated that cinema law declassified black fur, presenting it to the Metal Security Committee. The Supreme Court decision highlights the need to present and demarche the National Security Committee, as stated in the case of a vote of no-confidence.
Justice Yaki Afridi inquired whether the document labeled as “Freak” was classified. Safai responded that it was declassified and not a secret document. Justice Mee Ki Afridi asked if anyone had seen the document before declassification. Salman Safdar clarified that the Cipher was not shown to anyone during that time. Justice Sardar Tariq Masoud suggested waving the document in the air and questioning whether writing something in it would categorize it differently now.
Supreme Court Hearing: ECL Notice, Cipher Declassification, and Bail Rejection
Yaki Afridi stressed the importance of not only losing the copy but also making the text public. He questioned the availability of this case according to the law. Justice Ayesha Malik inquired about the relevance of the Cipher being with the Foreign Office and what information the accused is seeking to recover.
The Supreme Court issued a notice to the state and the Ministry of Interior while adjourning the hearing indefinitely. The court rejected the request to hear Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s bail application, stating that Shah Mehmood’s application has not yet been scheduled for a hearing. Salman Safdar asserted that the FIR of the Safar case was registered after a seven-month delay, describing it as a malicious case targeted for political revenge. The three-judge bench adjourned the hearing indefinitely.
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