Imran Khan, the leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), communicated to the court that he has grown accustomed to Attock jail and doesn’t wish to transfer to Adiala jail.
Imran Khan’s comments came during a special court session addressing the cipher case against him.
He also expressed his intention to instruct his legal representatives to rescind the prior request for the transfer.
The special court, led by Judge Abual Hasnat Zulqarnain, decided to prolong the judicial remand for the PTI Chairman, Imran Khan, and the Vice Chairman, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, until October 10. This decision comes under the purview of the Official Secrets Act 2023, focusing on the alleged disappearance of a classified state document.
Subsequently, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) was directed to furnish a challan related to the case promptly. Given the security concerns put forth by the Interior Ministry, the hearing was sanctioned by the Law Ministry to take place at Attock Jail.
Imran Khan was incarcerated on August 5 due to his involvement in the Toshakhana case, but a brief respite came when the IHC temporarily halted his sentence on August 29.
Confusion Over Khan’s Detainment Location
In light of the Islamabad High Court’s instructions, there was an expectation for the PTI Chairman, Imran Khan, to be relocated to Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi. Yet, as of Monday evening, Khan remained in Attock Jail, primarily because of heightened security apprehensions. This led to confusion, especially after one of Khan’s lawyers asserted that the transfer to Adiala Jail had been executed. This claim, however, was soon contradicted by the Adiala jail officials, who confirmed Khan’s continued presence in Attock Jail.
The foundation of the cipher case was laid when an FIR was logged on August 15, in line with the Official Secrets Act, prompted by a complaint from the Home Secretary. Notable figures mentioned in the FIR included Imran Khan, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Azam Khan, and Asad Umar.
The report divulges that consequential actions are anticipated against Azam Khan and Asad Umar, following the determination of their alleged misuse of confidential documents. The FIR elaborates that there was a deliberate effort to misinterpret the diplomatic cipher for ulterior motives, posing a risk to national interests.