Former Prime Minister of Pakistan and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan filed a plea on Friday challenging the verdict of a special court in the cipher case.
Khan made the dicision after the special court decided to hold hearings for the cipher case against Imran Khan and former Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Adiala Jail, citing security concerns.
In his plea filed with the court led by Judge Abual Hasnat Zulqarnain, the PTI Chairman argued that the November 28 verdict calling for a jail trial contradicts the court’s earlier decision on November 23, labelling it as ‘illegal’. He urged the court to adhere to its initial verdict from November 23. Due to security risks, Adiala Jail authorities refused to present Khan and Qureshi before the court on the last hearing day.
The cipher case against former PM Khan involves allegations of illegally retaining and disseminating the contents of a classified diplomatic cable sent by Pakistan’s ambassador in Washington.
The issue gained prominence when Imran Khan, then Prime Minister and PTI chief, showcased the letter during a public rally in Islamabad, shortly before his government was ousted through a no-confidence vote.