Court Extends Qureshi’s Physical Remand In The Cypher Case
August 25, 2023 / By Zunair Tahir / Pakistan News
Court extends physical remand by three days
The physical detention of Shah Mahmood Qureshi, vice chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), was prolonged by three days on Friday by the special court created to examine matters under the Official Secrets Act.
After his prior 4-day remand in the cypher case came to an end today, Qureshi was brought before the judge. Shoaib Shaheen, the PTI leader’s attorney, and Shah Khawar, the special prosecutor, were present in court for today’s session.
After hearing the reasons from both sides in relation to the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) plea for additional physical remand of the PTI leader, Judge Abul Hasnat deferred his or her ruling.
The judge then gave Qureshi a three-day physical remand extension and turned him over to the investigating team.
Qureshi was detained by the FIA at his apartment in the federal capital for violating the Official Secrets Act of 1923 in the cypher leak investigation.
For “wrongful use” of official secret information and unlawful possession of the cypher telegram—an official secret document—with malafide intent, the CIA has charged former Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan and Qureshi, among others.
According to the FIR No. 6/2023, the probe will identify the involvement of the former prime minister’s main secretary Azam Khan, the former minister of planning Asad Umar, and other friends.
On the complaint of the then-interior secretary Yousaf Naseem Khokhar in Islamabad, the counter-terrorism wing (CTW) of the FIA had filed a case under sections 5 (wrongful communication, etc. of information) and 9 (attempts, incitements, etc.) of the Official Secrets Act of 1923 read with Section 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code.
According to the FIR, the case was opened after the resolution of FIA CTW inquiry No. 111/2023, which was filed on October 5, 2022.
It stated that Imran, Qureshi, and their associates were involved in leaking information from a secret classified document to the general public by “twisting the facts to achieve their ulterior motives and personal gains in a manner prejudicial to the interests of state security” (a cypher telegram received from Parep Washington on March 7, 2022).
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