Court rejects Imran Khan, Shah Mahmood bail application in cipher case

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A special court rejected bail plea of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and vice chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi in the cipher case on Thursday.

Special court Judge Abual Hasnat Zulqarnain heard the bail plea and reserved the verdict after PTI’s lawyer completed arguments.

The judge then announced the reserved verdict by rejecting the post-arrest bail application of the PTI leaders.

Earlier, Asad Umar, the leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), was granted bail in same case involving US cypher by a special court constituted under the Official Secrets Act after a prosecution informed the judge that his arrest was not necessary at this time.

The PTI leader’s request for pre-arrest bail in the cypher case involving the diplomatic cable that the PTI claimed included evidence of US involvement in the overthrow of the Imran Khan-led government in April of last year was heard by Judge Abul Hasnat Mohammad Zulqarnain.

Special Prosecutor Shah Khawar informed the judge that “Asad Umar’s arrest is not required in the case as of now and no evidence against him has been gathered yet.”


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