In Adiala jail by a special court in Rawalpindi has accused former prime minister Imran Khan and his foreign minister at the time, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, over the cipher case.
The lawsuit began on March 27, 2022, when Imran displayed a paper in public during a rally in Islamabad, citing it as proof of a “international conspiracy” before his government overthrown by a vote of no confidence.
Imran Khan and Shah Mahmood Indicted in Cipher Case
The case against Imran and Qureshi handled by Judge Abual Hasnat Zulqarnain of the special court, who established to hear cases pertaining to the Official Secrets Act.
During the hearing, the two PTI leaders entered not guilty pleas and declared the indictment to be “fabricated.”
Additionally, Imran and Qureshi declared that the indictment was “illegal” and that they will contest it in the court.
The court told by prosecutor Rizwan Abbasi that witness statements will record on Thursday.
Notice Issued To FIA
Subsequently, the court called the three official witnesses in the case and served a notice to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).
After that, the hearing postponed until tomorrow, December 14.
On July 19, 2023, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) opened an official investigation into the “cipher-gate” following the announcement by the previous coalition government that Imran and his close allies had charged with breaking the OSA.
Conviction in Toshakhana Case
Following his conviction in the Toshakhana case by an Islamabad local court, Imran Khan taken into custody on August 5.
He later detained in connection with the Cipher case on August 29.
Imran and Shah Mahmood both accused under sections 5 and 9 of the OSA, according to the challan records.
These clauses carry the risk of life in prison or the death sentence.
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