Imran Khan can be charged with treason in cypher case: Pakistan defence minister

ISLAMABAD (PAKISTAN): Pakistan defence minister Khwaja Asif on Friday mentioned that the ‘cypher gate‘ can result in former prime minister Imran Khan being charged with treason and subsequently disqualified from holding a public workplace, Geo Information reported.

Defence minister Khawaja Asif has mentioned that the Cypher gate can result in former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan’s treason trial and disqualification.
The federal minister mentioned that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf chief used a “diplomatic cypher for political functions and he may very well be charged with treason for utilizing the categorised doc for vested curiosity”.

“Article 6 might be imposed on the PTI chief,” Asif mentioned whereas referring to the legislation that offers with excessive treason beneath which an accused might be sentenced to dying and life imprisonment.
He termed the previous principal secretary to the ex-PM Azam Khan’s confessional assertion “necessary”, saying the previous premier’s aide has validated his opponents’ allegations.
Notably, Imran’s prime aide had revealed within the confessional assertion that the then-prime minister final 12 months used the diplomatic cypher despatched by Pakistan’s envoy to Washington to concoct a story towards the institution and opposition, Geo Information reported.
Earlier on Thursday, legislation minister Azam Khan mentioned that the PTI chief “might be sentenced to as much as 14 years for utilizing diplomatic cypher for political functions”.
Azam, who has been “lacking” since final month, has recorded his assertion beneath CrPC 164 earlier than a Justice of the Peace, Geo Information reported citing sources.
The matter pertains to the allegations levelled by Imran Khan, who was ousted by way of a parliamentary vote in April final 12 months.
On March 27, 2022, Khan alleged that Washington orchestrated a plan to take away him from workplace and brandished the cypher at a public rally to again his claims. The US has again and again denied such allegations, terming them “categorically false”, Geo Information reported.
In his confession, Azam claimed that when he shared the cypher with Imran, the previous premier was “euphoric” and termed the language as a “US blunder”.
“There might be no larger betrayal than this,” Asif mentioned whereas referring to the confessional assertion that purportedly validated the ruling coalition’s claims that the PTI chief jeopardised the nation’s nationwide safety through the use of the categorised doc for political functions.
“Nationwide safety was compromised and the official secrets and techniques act was violated,” Geo Information quoted Asif as saying.
Earlier on Thursday, Imran termed the revival of the cypher controversy “an try to disqualify him” from contesting elections by the Pakistan Democratic Motion (PDM)-led authorities.
Addressing his supporters by way of video hyperlink, the PTI chief accused prime minister Shehbaz Sharif, Pakistan Peoples Social gathering (PPP) chief Asif Ali Zardari, and others of hatching a plot to take away him from the political area, Geo Information reported.

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