Imran Khan, the Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), has been granted a 14-day judicial remand in a case related to the controversial US cipher. A special court, established under the amended Official Secrets Act, approved this remand after a hearing conducted by Judge Abul Hasnat Zulqarnain at Attock jail. This decision comes a day after the Ministry of Interior issued a notification for security reasons.
The special court’s formation earlier this month aimed to address leaks of classified information about the country and its armed forces. The approved remand will keep Imran Khan in custody until September 13, further delaying his release. Notably, he had recently been granted bail by the Islamabad High Court in the Toshakhana case, leading to his suspension of conviction and a three-year sentence.
The bench issued a concise verdict, accepting Imran Khan’s plea against his conviction and sentence, leading to his immediate release from Attock Jail on bail. The bail required surety bonds worth Rs 100,000.
The special court’s order indicated that Imran Khan remains under judicial remand in the cipher case until August 30. The court directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to present the suspect in court on August 30 and also informed the Attock jail superintendent about the notice.
Adding to Imran Khan’s legal matters, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had earlier lodged a case against him this month for allegedly losing the US cipher. Imran Khan had previously highlighted the cipher as evidence of his claim that Washington had orchestrated his removal from power.