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‘powerful people’ involved in Cipher are being given protection : Imran Khan stated in Cipher hearing

03 December, 2023 15:07

Imran Khan during the cipher case hearing at Adiala jail here on Saturday said that powerful people involved in the cipher case are being given protection.

“I had ordered to initiate an inquiry into the matter (cipher) when I was the prime minister,” said the PTI supremo during the cipher case hearing at Adiala jail here on Saturday.

Imran Khan said he, along with his party leaders, are locked inside jails “like goats” while PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif is brought back to Pakistan.

During the hearing, Shah Mehmood Qureshi asked if their trial was being conducted under the Official Secret Act 1923 or 2023.

The court told Qureshi that his trial will be held under Sections 9 and 5 of the Official Secrets Act, adding that the proceedings will be held on merit.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi said he never had any security concerns and had been travelling alone in his car.He said that the jail administration violated the orders to produce him and Imran Khan before the court and failed to produce their records.

“You were not produced in court due to security concerns,” said the court, adding that Qureshi and Khan’s trial cannot be held separately.

A special court, established under the Official Secrets Act 2023, yesterday (Saturday) resumed the cipher case trial against PTI leader Imran Khan and deputy chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi at the Adial Jail.

Judge Abual Hasnat Zulqarnain has been conducting the cipher trial since the registration of the case against the PTI leaders under the Official Secrets Act.

Khan and Qureshi’s attendance was marked after which the proceedings were adjourned till December 4 (Monday).

 

Imran Khan’s legal team questioned jail trial

Speaking to the media outside the court, Imran Khan’s lawyer, Umair Niazi, said only three journalists were allowed to witness the proceedings, while over 50 stood outside the court.

He claimed that an open trial was not being conducted in this case.

Khan’s lawyer Intazar Hussain Panjutha, speaking to the media persons outside Adiala jail, said that today’s hearing was not in accordance with the open trial. He called the proceedings a violation of the orders of the Islamabad High Court.

He said they asked the court to at least allow the foreign media to witness the proceedings. The process was completed even before the media representatives arrived, he added. “A jail trial can never be an open trial,” he remarked.

 

 

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