Cipher Case: Pakistan Court Sentences Imran Khan and Shah Mahmood Qureshi to 10 Years

In the cipher case, an official secrets court has sentenced former Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and former Prime Minister Imran Khan to ten years in prison each.

The case was heard at Adiala Jail by Abu Hasanat Muhammad Zulqarnain, the official secrets court judge. The judge gave copies of the survey questions and comments to Shah Mahmood Qureshi and the PTI founder so they could record their statements under Section 342.

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About thirty-six questions were asked of the accused in the questionnaire. The two political figures penned their own responses.

“Mr. Imran Khan, where did the cipher go?” was the final question the court posed before delivering the verdict after recording the statement in accordance with Section 342.

The creator of PTI replied, “I’m not sure. The cipher was in my office, not with me. I have stated in my statement that I had no responsibility for the Prime Minister’s Office’s security.”

Even before recording Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s statement, the court believed the PTI founder and Qureshi to be guilty and condemned them both to prison.

The PTI founder continued to smile following the ruling, despite Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s protests that his statement had not yet been recorded.

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