IHC acquits Imran, Qureshi in cipher case

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court on Monday acquitted PTI founder and former prime minister Imran Khan and former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in the cipher case. 

A bench of the high court consisting Justice Aamir Farooq and Justice Mian Gul Hassan Aurangzeb had earlier today reserved judgement on the appeal against a lower court verdict. Later, Justice Aamir Farooq pronounced the ruling acquitting the two PTI leaders. 

On January 30, special court judge Abual Hasnat Zulqarnain in the Adiala jai had sentenced the two to 10 years imprisonment.

The sentenced was awarded to the two political leaders under section 5 and 9 of the Official Secret Act 1923 and 34 of Pakistan Penal Code. They were convicted for making a highly secret diplomatic document public.

The the cipher case had been lodged against former prime minister Imran Khan and ex-foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

During the hearing of the case by Special Court Judge Abual Hasnat Zulqarnain, Imran Khan, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, their families and lawyers of the accused and prosecutors were present.

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