Another key PTI leader Asad Umar also arrested

Party's senior leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi was held a day earlier in the cypher case.

ISLAMABAD: Another PTI leader Asad Umar was on Sunday arrested from Islamabad in the cypher case.

Umar’s arrest comes a day after senior party leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi was arrested in connection with an investigation on Saturday.

Ousted prime minister and PTI chief Imran Khan had alleged on March 27, 2022, that Washington orchestrated a plan to remove him from office and brandished what he called a cypher at a public rally to back his claims. The US has time and again denied such allegations, terming them “categorically false”.

Both Qureshi and Khan were booked after a first information report (FIR) against the PTI chairman registered by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) invoked Section 5 of the Official Secrets Act 1923.

Umar has been a close aide of the PTI chief and formerly held the post of the party’s general secretary.

However, following his arrest during the May 9 riots, in which PTI workers attacked government and military installations, he stepped down from his party positions.

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