Pakistan Special Court extends Ex-PM Imran Khan’s Judicial Remand in Cipher Case for another 14 Days
A Pakistan special court has extended the judicial remand of ex-PM Imran Khan in the Cipher case, adding another 14 days to his detention.
Islamabad: In a recent development, a Pakistan special court has decided to prolong the judicial remand of former Prime Minister Imran Khan in the Cipher case, adding another 14 days to his detention.
This decision dampens any hopes of Khan’s early release, further entangling him in the ongoing legal proceedings. Khan, also the chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, faced arrest last month following allegations of violating the Official Secrets Act by allegedly disclosing a confidential diplomatic cable (cipher) sent by the country’s embassy in Washington in March last year.
Today’s ruling marks the third occasion when Imran Khan, aged 70, has been held on remand in connection with this case, with the previous 14-day remand period ending on the same day. The proceedings took place at District Jail Attock, where Khan has been confined since his arrest on August 5, subsequent to his conviction in the Toshakhana case. Following the hearing, the court ordered to maintain his judicial custody until October 10, enabling authorities to conclude the ongoing investigation.
In a parallel development, the court also extended the remand of former Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi for the same 14-day duration. Qureshi faces similar allegations under the Official Secrets Act and will continue to be held for further questioning.
Despite a recent directive from the Islamabad High Court ordering the transfer of Imran Khan to Adiala jail in Rawalpindi, the authorities have not yet implemented this order.
Earlier, citing security concerns, the authorities were granted permission to conduct case hearings within the confines of the jail. The situation continues to evolve, and the nation anticipates further developments in this high-profile legal case.