IHC Holds Verdict on Imran Khan’s Cipher Case Trial Plea

Imran Khan Challenges Trial Venue


The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has taken under advisement a petition filed by the chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan. The petition contests the decision of the law ministry to hold the trial of the cipher case within the confines of Attock jail.


Imran Khan, who also served as the former Prime Minister, found himself incarcerated on August 5 following his conviction in the Toshakhana case. While the IHC suspended his sentence on August 29, a special court instructed Attock jail authorities to retain him in connection with the cipher case. The special court later extended Khan’s judicial remand until September 13 in relation to this case.


The Cipher Case and Its Implications


The cipher case centers around allegations that Khan intentionally omitted a copy of a diplomatic cipher. An FIR was registered against him on August 15 under the Official Secrets Act, based on a complaint from the Home Secretary.


The case gained traction after Azam Khan, ex-principal secretary to Imran Khan, made startling revelations. He claimed that Khan exploited a US cipher for his political advantage and to ward off a no-confidence motion against him. Azam Khan, who had been conspicuously absent for several months, suddenly re-emerged and made these revelations while recording his statement under CrPC 164 before a magistrate.


The Court’s Deliberation


After hearing the arguments on Imran Khan’s plea, IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq reserved the verdict. The court had sought an explanation from the respondents on the notice. As everyone awaits the court’s decision, this case serves as a stark reminder of the complex interplay between politics and law.

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