Anti-terrorism court docket (ATC) decide Abual Hasnat Muhammad Zulqarnain carried out the listening to of the cipher case at Attock Jail, the place Imran has been incarcerated since August 5 following his arrest within the Toshakhana (treasure home for state presents) case.
The cipher case is expounded to the “misuse” of the alleged content material of a diplomatic cable, cited by Imran Khan as proof of an try by the US to topple his authorities.
Khan and his former overseas minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, have been charged beneath the Official Secrets and techniques Act with making public the contents of a confidential diplomatic cable despatched by Pakistan’s ambassador to the US and utilizing it for political achieve.
After the Islamabad excessive court docket had suspended on Tuesday Khan’s sentence within the Toshakhana case, the particular court docket had directed Attock jail authorities to maintain Khan in “judicial lockup” and produce him earlier than it on August 30 (Wednesday).
Throughout Wednesday’s listening to, the court docket prolonged the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief’s remand within the cipher case until September 13.
The PTI chief, in response to his counsels, was introduced earlier than the court docket for attendance after which the court docket proceeded to increase his judicial remand.
A post-arrest bail utility was additionally filed by the PTI chairman’s authorized crew. Khan’s attorneys argued that there isn’t any official Official Secrets and techniques Act case towards Imran and that all the matter had been concocted for political revenge.
In the meantime, Khan approached the Islamabad HC difficult the regulation ministry’s notification to switch the court docket to Attock jail.
In his plea, Imran, by way of his lawyer Sher Afzal Marwat, acknowledged that the regulation ministry’s notification transferring the case to Attock jail was “unlawful” and requested the Islamabad HC to quash it.
He additionally challenged the authority of Islamabad’s ATC decide Zulqarnain to listen to circumstances registered beneath the Official Secrets and techniques Act.
In line with the appliance, the decide does “not meet even the essential qualification standards required on this case”.
The regulation secretary, inside secretary, chief commissioner, Islamabad police chief, Federal investigation Company director-general, particular court docket decide Zulqarnain and superintendents of Adiala and Attock jails have been made respondents within the case.