Progress in cipher probe against Imran Khan: LHC withdraws stay order

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The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday withdrew the stay order issued against the federal investigation agency (FIA) summoning Imran Khan.

Justice Ali Baqir Najafi of the Lahore High Court reserved the verdict after hearing the appeal.

PTI chairman’s lawyer Barrister Salman Safdar submitted a written reply to the court for not appearing during the hearing.

Deputy Attorney General Asad Bajwa told the court that the FIA had issued notices to the petitioner.

Asad Bajwa further said that the statements of foreign department officials were recorded in the investigation of the cipher case. Statements of 14 witnesses, including Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Asad Umar, have been recorded.

The Deputy Attorney General said that a notice was issued to the PTI chairman to join the investigation, petitioner Imran Khan did not submit any reply. Where the case and investigation are taking place, the case comes under the jurisdiction of the High Court, the stay order issued should be withdrawn.

It may be recalled that PTI Chairman Imran Khan had made a narrative of conspiracy against his government on the basis of the letter or cipher of the Pakistani Ambassador to the UNITED States.

The audio leak of Imran Khan and his former secretary Azam Khan regarding cypher came to light, after which the federal cabinet handed over the investigation of the matter to the FIA.

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had summoned former prime minister Imran Khan in connection with the investigation, against which he approached the Lahore High Court and obtained a stay order.

The federal government had filed a miscellaneous petition in the Lahore High Court to lift the stay order, which was approved today.