IHC Stays proceedings in Cipher Case until Nov 16

Tue Nov 14 2023
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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday stayed the proceedings in cipher case against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan and vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

A two-member IHC bench heard the intra-court appeal of the PTI chairman Imran Khan on his jail trial.

The divisional bench comprising Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb and Justice Saman Riffat Imtiaz adjourned the hearing till November 16 on Imran’s appeal against the ongoing jail trial being conducted by a special court formed under the Official Secrets Act.

The court also sought all records pertaining to the proceedings conducted in the trial thus far, as well as reasons for conducting it in-prison. The court issued stay order against the proceedings in the cipher case while rejecting the attorney general of Pakistan’s (AGP) plea against the same.

PTI chairman Imran Khan and party leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi remain incarcerated in Adiala jail Rawalpindi where the trial was being conducted. A day earlier, the NAB sought implementation of a local accountability court’s arrest warrants against the PTI chairman in the Toshakhana and £190m settlement cases. Khan is being held under judicial custody in connection with the cipher case in Adiala jail.


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