Cipher case: IHC to hear PTI chief's bail plea on September 25

Cipher case: IHC to hear PTI chief's bail plea on September 25

Islamabad (Web Desk): The Islamabad High Court (IHC) will take up for hearing the post-arrest bail petition filed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman and former premier Imran Khan in cipher case.

According to reports, IHC Chief Justice (CJ) Aamer Farooq will preside over the proceedings on September 25.

The court has issued a notice to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to present arguments in the case.

On September 16, Imran Khan approached the IHC to secure bail in the cipher case, in which he is currently incarcerated at the Attock jail.

Barrister Salman Safdar submitted the bail plea on behalf of the PTI chief.

In the petition, the lawyer maintained that the prosecution filed a malicious case against the former premier.

It mentioned that a special court, formed to hear cases under Special Secret Act, ignored irregularities and the contradictions of the prosecution.

The PTI chief's counsel maintained in the petition that the former premier was named in a politically motivated case.

On September 14, the special court rejected bail pleas of PTI Chairman Imran Khan and party vice chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi in the cipher case.

A day earlier on September 13, the special court had extended Imran Khan Shah Mahmood Qureshi's judicial remand till September 26.

Last month, the FIA registered the case against PTI chief Khan and Qureshi under the Official Secrets Act for allegedly losing and misusing the classified documents for their political gains.

The cipher case pertains to a diplomatic cable which reportedly went missing from former premier Imran Khan's possession.

The PTI alleges that it contained a threat from the United States (US) to oust Khan from power.