IHC orders stay on in-prison trial in cypher case


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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court issued directives on Tuesday to stay proceedings on the cypher case against ousted premier Imran Khan and former federal minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

A divisional bench comprising Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb and Justice Saman Riffat Imtiaz adjourned till November 16 the hearing on Imran’s appeal against the ongoing in-prison trial being conducted by a special court formed under the Official Secrets Act.

Moreover, the court summoned all records pertaining to proceedings conducted in the trial thus far as well as reasons for conducting it in-prison.

The court issued directives to immediately suspend proceedings in the cypher case while rejecting the attorney general of Pakistan’s (AGP) plea against the same.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairperson Imran and party leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi remain incarcerated in Adiala Jail, where the trial was being conducted.

The former was taken into custody yesterday (Thursday) by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), which sought implementation of arrest warrants in cases pertaining to Toshakhana and £190m settlement with United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency from an accountability court in Islamabad.

Imran was earlier being held under judicial custody in connection with the cypher case in Adiala Jail.

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