Appeal against sentence in cipher case, arguments of Imran Khan, Mehmood’s lawyer continue

The arguments of former prime minister and PTI leader Salman Safdar’s lawyer are continuing in the Islamabad High Court hearing on appeals against the conviction of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan and former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in the cipher case.  According to Dawn News, Chief Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Mian Gul Hasan Aurangzeb are hearing the case, on behalf of founder PTI and Shah Mahmood Qureshi, lawyers Salman Safdar, Sikandar Zulqarnain and others, while the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Special prosecutors Hamid Ali Shah and Zulfiqar Naqvi appeared in the court in the prosecution team. On this occasion, the Chief Justice remarked that he would hear appeals on merit and not on admissibility of the appeals.

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Later, on the appeals of founder PTI and Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Salman Safdar started arguments and said that a case of cipher case has been registered in the complaint of Home Secretary Naseem Khokhar.

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After that, the petitioner’s lawyer read out the text of the FIR against founder PTI and Shah Mehmood Qureshi, he said that it was alleged that the relations of Pakistan were damaged by making the cipher public. Doing so caused a problem with the security system, it also said that the cipher disappeared and never came back. On this, the court inquired that the case has been registered on three points only?

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The lawyer said that founder PTI was accused of twisting the cipher and using it for personal purposes, founder PTI was also accused of keeping a copy of the cipher and losing it. Cipher security systems are also alleged to have been compromised. He said that in the FIR, a specific charge was made against Principal Secretary Azam Khan, Azam Khan has been accused of twisting and presenting the cipher.

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