Cipher case: Imran, Qureshi indicted on leaking state secrets

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ISLAMABAD: Pakstan Tehreek-e-Insaaf former chairman Imran Khan and Vice-Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi have been indicted on Wednesday in the cipher case.

Special Court judge Abual Hasnant heared the cipher case in Adiala jail where both the PTI leaders are incarcerated.

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Both Imran Khan and Shah Mehmood Qureshi denied the charges framed against them.

The hearing has been adjourned till tomorrow.

In its verdict, the court said that hoisting a secret cipher in public and discussing its contents is an offense under the Official Secrets Act.

The court said that the former PTI chairman as the prime minister had no authority to retain the cipher. “The cipher was intentionally utilized for personal gain, causing harm to the country’s identity and compromising national security,” the court said.

The cipher case against Imran Khan is a criminal case filed by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) under the Official Secrets Act, accusing him of misusing a diplomatic cypher for his political gains.

A diplomatic cipher is a code used to encrypt and decrypt confidential messages between governments or diplomatic missions. The PTI chairman, who was the former prime minister of Pakistan, allegedly used the US cipher to communicate with his party members and to avert a no-confidence motion against him in the parliament.

The FIA registered a first information report (FIR) against the PTI chairman and his vice chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi on August 15 after his former principal secretary Azam Khan made startling revelations about the cypher misuse.

The FIR also mentioned the names of former planning minister Asad Umar and former foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua.

At the time, Khan held up the alleged letter, claiming it was proof that he was being threatened and that his ouster was a US conspiracy, allegedly executed by the military and the government in Pakistan.

Both Washington and Pakistani officials have denied the claim.

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