CIPHER CASE: IMRAN, QURESHI SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS in JAIL

In the cipher case, a special court generated under the Official Secrets Act on Tuesday handed down former Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan and former Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to ten years in prison.

Judge Abul Hasnat Zulqernain of the Official Secrets Act specialized court provided the verdict following proceedings held in Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail.

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The judge ruled that the defence had enough solid proof to establish the crime.

During the sentencing hearing, both accused were in the courtroom and dropped to sign the statement surveys required by Section 342 of the CrPC. 

They said they would not sign on to the survey if the lawyers hadn’t arrived.

The judge updated them that both of the accused’s state’s attorneys were in the courtroom. After carefully discussing with their state lawyers, he gave those charged parties directions to sign the questionnaire.

Imran and Shah Mahmood stated that they hoped to add specific questions to the questionnaires. Afterwards, the former prime minister recorded an hour and a half of remarks.

The Federal Investigation Agency’s complaint in the cipher case states that Imran never returned a diplomatic document. The PTI has long maintained that the document was a threat to remove Imran from office as prime minister of the United States.

Nine days remain before the nationwide elections on February 8, which the PTI is running amid a state crackdown without an election results symbol. The verdict is granted.

Voting Days Hangama: Imran and Qureshi were both imprisoned

In the days leading up to the voting, Imran and Qureshi were both imprisoned. Imran’s candidacy was turned down, but Qureshi could run for a Thar NA seat. However, due to today’s conviction, neither will be allowed to run for office for the next five years.

Imran was found convicted in the Toshakhana case on August 5 and given a three-year prison sentence. This is his second conviction. The sentence had been suspended by the Islamabad High Court (IHC). 

Imran had, however, later had his demand for his sentence to be suspended prohibited by a division bench.

The former foreign minister never experienced anything other than this.

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