Imran Khan charged in cipher case for ‘violating secret laws’

Islamabad: Former Pakistan prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party chief Imran Khan was charged by a special court established under the Official Secrets Act for allegedly violating secret laws.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi, former foreign minister and PTI leader, was also indicted in the case. According to Dawn, Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had filed a chargesheet naming Qureshi as the principal accused in the cipher case.

Both Khan and Qureshi have pleaded not guilty to the charges, according to Geo News.

A case was filed against Khan for allegedly violating the Official Secrets Act, by disclosing a secret diplomatic cable sent by the Pakistan embassy in Washington in March 2022. This cipher was then used by Khan to build a narrative that his government was ousted due to a ‘foreign conspiracy’.

The FIR against Khan and Qureshi states that the case against them has been filed under sections 5 and 9 of the Official Secrets Act, according to Dawn. The duo has been accused of “wrongful communication/ use of official secret information and illegal retention of cipher telegram (official secret document) with mala fide intention”.

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