Imran Khan and Shah Mehmood Qureshi were sentenced to the 10 years.
In the cipher case, the founder of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), former Prime Minister Imran Khan and former Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi were sentenced to 10 years in prison with hard labor.
The former Prime Minister and the former Foreign Minister were sentenced by the Official Secret Act Court Judge Abul Hasanat Muhammad Zulqarnain.
It should be noted that the statements of 25 witnesses against Imran Khan and Shah Mehmood Qureshi were recorded during the proceedings which continued till late night in the cipher case under hearing in the special court yesterday.
In the cipher case against the former prime minister and the former foreign minister, the cross-examination was completed on the statements of all 25 witnesses, the founder PTI and Shah Mahmood Qureshi were given the questionnaire, answers to 36 questions have been sought in the questionnaire.
It should be noted that the statements of 25 witnesses against former Prime Minister Imran Khan and former Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi were recorded in the cipher case under hearing in the special court on January 23.
In the cipher case, former prime minister and PTI vice chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi was detained on judicial remand in connection with a diplomatic document that had vanished from Imran Khan’s hands.
According to PTI, Imran Khan was threatened with overthrow by the US in this code.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi was named in the First Information Report (FIR) filed by the FIA and booked under Section 34 of the Pakistan Penal Code along with Sections 5 (Misuse of Information) and 9 of the Official Secrets Act. went.
In the FIR, on 7 March 2022, the then Foreign Secretary received a diplomatic cipher from Washington, on 5 October 2022, a case was registered in the FIA’s counter-terrorism department against former Prime Minister Imran Khan, Shah Mehmood Qureshi. And Asad Umar and his aides were accused of endangering national security and seeking personal gain by distorting the information contained in the cipher.
The case said that former Prime Minister Imran Khan, former Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and their aides were involved in providing classified information to unauthorized persons.
With reference to the cipher, it was said that ‘they held a secret meeting on March 28, 2022 at Bani Gala (Imran Khan’s residence) to hatch a conspiracy by misusing the details of the cipher to achieve their nefarious purpose’.
It was said in the case that ‘accused Imran Khan with wrong intention instructed his then Principal Secretary Muhammad Azam Khan to prepare minutes in this secret meeting by changing the text of the cipher for his personal interest at the cost of national security.