PTI chairman’s judicial remand extended in cypher case

Imran Khan has challenged hearing of the case in Attock jail.

ATTOCK: A special court, recently established to hear cases filed under the Official Sec­rets Act, extended the judicial remand of jailed PTI Chairman Imran Khan till September 13 on Wednesday, his lawyer told media.

It comes a day after the Islamabad High Court suspended the former premier’s three-year jail sentence in the Toshakhana case, in which he was convicted on August 5. Judge Abual Hasnat Zulqarnain, who arrived at the jail to conduct the hearing, issued the decision in the case of the missing cypher, a classified state document.

The hearing of the case took place at the Attock District Jail following approval by the Law Ministry amid security concerns expressed by the Interior Ministry.

The special court had directed the authorities of Attock District Jail — where the PTI chief is currently incarcerated — to keep him in “judicial lockup” and produce him today in connection with the cipher case.

Proceedings against Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the PTI vice chairman and former foreign minister, are also under way in the same case. 

The PTI chief has meanwhile  challenged the notification of the Law Ministry for hearing of a cypher case against him in Attock jail. 

The secretary law, secretary of interior, chief commissioner, IG Islamabad, DG FIA, and Superintendents of Adiala and Attock jails have been made respondents in the plea moved to IHC.

The PTI chairman in his plea moved to Islamabad High Court through his lawyer Sher Afzal Marwat has pleaded the court to strike down the notification of shifting the cipher case to Attock Jail by declaring it ‘illegal’.

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