- Cabinet approves Law Ministry’s summary on jail case.
- The summary mentions the security concerns of Imran Khan.
- IHC to hear PTI chief’s appeal against jail case tomorrow.
ISLAMABAD: The caretaker federal cabinet on Monday approved the jail sentence of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi in the CIFAR case.
The Cabinet gave its consent to the summary by the Law Ministry regarding the trial of the former Prime Minister and External Affairs Minister in Adiala jail due to security concerns.
In its summary, the ministry wrote that it had issued a No Objection Certificate (NOC) for the jail trial on August 29, which was requested by the Interior Ministry and Judge Abul Hasnat Zulkarnain.
“A prison trial for the PTI Chairman was requested in view of security concerns,” the summary said.
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) will hear the intra-court appeal filed by Khan against the jail case on November 14 (tomorrow). The court has sought arguments from the Attorney General.
The ousted prime minister – who was removed from office following a no-confidence motion in April last year – had moved the IHC against the jail case, which was dismissed by a single bench of the court on October 16.
A single bench led by IHC Chief Justice Aamir Farooq declared there was no apparent mala fide behind Khan’s jail hearing in the Sifar case, read out the court’s judgment and directed him to approach the trial court if the reservation continues. Gave.
Later, Khan filed an intra-court appeal against the single bench’s decision.
In August this year, Khan and Qureshi were booked under the Official Secrets Act 1923 in the Cipher case after the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) invoked Section 5 of the said law.
Diplomatic cables reportedly went missing from Imran. According to the former ruling party, the cable contained a threat from the United States to topple the PTI government.
Imran and Qureshi are currently in Adiala jail in the cipher case.
On August 5, 2023, the former prime minister was taken into custody after he was sentenced to three years in jail in the Toshakhana case. Initially, he was kept in Attock jail but later he was shifted to Adiala jail.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on August 29 had suspended the sentence awarded to the PTI chairman in the Toshakhana case.