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Cypher case: Court likely to indict Imran Khan, Qureshi on Oct 23

The indictment was delayed in the last hearing
Pakistan’s former prime minister Imran Khan, left, and former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi during a rally in Muzaffarabad, Azad Kashmir on September 13, 2019. (AFP/File)
Pakistan’s former prime minister Imran Khan, left, and former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi during a rally in Muzaffarabad, Azad Kashmir on September 13, 2019. (AFP/File)

A special court hearing cypher case against PTI Chairman Imran Khan and Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi is likely to indict them tomorrow (Monday).

Special court Judge Abu Alhasnaat Zulqurnain will hold the hearing on the case inside Adiala jail in Rawalpindi.

The last hearing was held on October 17 for indicting Khan and Qureshi. However, the indictment was delayed as challan copies had not been distributed to the accused. Both politicians had refused to sign or receive the challans at the previous hearing. The hearing was then adjourned till October 23.

The case is registered under the Official Secrets Act and accuses Khan of divulging the contents of a classified cipher written by Pakistan’s ambassador in Washington.

Read: Ex-foreign secretary Asad Majeed becomes witness in cipher case

According to sources, FIA’s challan accuses Khan violated the law by keeping the cipher with him instead of returning him. A copy of the cipher has allegedly been ‘lost’.

The FIA reportedly submitted a list of 28 witnesses along with the challan. It also attached 161 statement from 27 of these witnesses.

Imran Khan has been in jail since August 5, when he was arrested minutes after being declared guilty of corrupt practices in the Toshakhana case.

Although he managed to get his jail sentence suspended on August 29, he could not be freed as he had already been arrested in the cipher case from jail.

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