Pakistan court rejects Imran Khan’s pleas for bail, cancellation of FIR in cipher case

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani court docket on Friday rejected petitions by jailed former prime minister Imran Khan searching for bail and cancellation of the primary FIR within the cipher case for allegedly leaking state secrets and techniques and violating the legal guidelines of the nation.
Khan, 71, was arrested in August after a case was filed towards him for disclosing a secret diplomatic cable (cipher) despatched by the nation’s embassy in Washington in March final yr.A particular court docket in Pakistan on Monday indicted him alongside along with his shut ally ex-foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi within the case.
Khan, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) celebration, had approached the Islamabad excessive court docket (IHC) with the pleas for bail within the case in addition to towards the FIR which was registered by the Federal Investigation Company (FIA) in August.
IHC chief justice Aamer Farooq after the conclusion of the listening to had reserved judgment on October 16 which he introduced on Friday.
The case is a few doc despatched by Pakistan’s embassy in Washington in March 2022 that Khan tried to make use of for political functions by saying that it was proof of a international conspiracy to orchestrate his ouster from energy in April final yr.
Khan, who served as prime minister of Pakistan from August 2018 to April 2022, is accused of “misuse the contents of the cipher” to construct a story that his authorities was ousted resulting from a international conspiracy hatched by the US, a cost denied by Washington.
Khan and Qureshi have pleaded not responsible to the costs.
The Federal Investigation Company (FIA) on September 30 offered the cost sheet towards Khan and Qureshi who signed its copies.
On Thursday, the Islamabad excessive court docket rejected Khan’s petition difficult his indictment within the case.
The court docket was earlier set to indict Khan on October 17, but it surely delayed it after Khan’s legal professionals objected that he was not supplied with the copies of the chargesheet. The cipher reportedly went lacking from Khan’s possession. Khan had repeatedly mentioned earlier than and after the no-confidence movement towards him final yr that the cipher pointed to a conspiracy to take away him from the prime minister’s workplace.
Khan was ousted via a vote of no-confidence in April 2022. He was incarcerated on August 5 this yr, after an Islamabad court docket sentenced him to a few years in jail within the Toshakhana case. The PTI chief was lodged within the Attock District Jail to serve his jail time period.
Later, his sentence was suspended by the Islamabad Excessive Court docket, however then he was arrested within the cipher case and remained within the Attock jail on judicial remand. He was later shifted to Adiala jail.
Greater than 150 circumstances have been registered towards Khan since his ouster from energy in April final yr.

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