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Imran Khan Gets More Space in Jail Cell After Court Order

Former Prime Minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has been given more space in his jail cell in Adiala Jail, where he is facing trial in the cipher case. According to sources, the jail superintendent, following the orders of Judge Abul Hasnat Zulqarnain, has extended the PTI Chairman’s cell from approximately 35 feet to 60 feet.

Imran Khan had made two requests to the judge during the last hearing of the case on October 17. He had asked for homemade food and a cycle for exercise in the jail. The judge had told him that the provision of food was the responsibility of the jail authorities, while he had allowed him to have a cycle for exercise as per the jail manual.

Imran Khan and his former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi are accused of leaking a classified diplomatic cable that allegedly went missing while in their possession. The cable reportedly contained sensitive information about Pakistan’s relations with the US and other countries. The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has filed a case against them under the Official Secrets Act.

The special court, which is conducting the trial inside the Adiala Jail, had deferred their indictment till October 23. The court had also provided them with copies of the charge sheet and other documents related to the case. The FIA has claimed that it has sufficient evidence to prove their involvement in the cipher case.

Imran Khan is already serving a three-year jail sentence after being convicted by an accountability court earlier this month in a corruption case. He was found guilty of hiding assets he obtained from selling gifts he received from foreign leaders when he was the prime minister. He has challenged his conviction in the Islamabad High Court, which has suspended his sentence and ordered his release on bail. However, he remains in jail due to his involvement in the cipher case and other cases related to violence and terrorism.

Imran Khan has denied all the charges against him and claimed that they are politically motivated. He has also demanded an open trial in the cipher case, saying that he fears he could be poisoned in the jail through food. He has accused the interim government and the establishment of conspiring against him and his party ahead of the general elections, which are scheduled to be held in January next year.

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