Cipher case: Pakistan ex-PM Imran Khan, Shah Mahmood Qureshi indicted

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan speaks during a joint news conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (not pictured) at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan November 19, 2020. REUTERS/Mohammad Ismail - RC2C6K9V0433

NEW DELHI: Former Pakistan PM Imran Khan was on Monday indicted in an Official Secrets Act case.
“He has been indicted today and the charge was openly read out,” said Shah Khawar of Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency outside Adiala jail.
This come as another huge blow to the cricketer-turned-politician, who is already in Adiala jail on judicial remand in the Cipher case.
The special court, hearing the Cipher case, also indicted Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PT) vice chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi.
In August, both the leaders were booked under the Official Secrets Act 1923 in the Cipher case after the FIA invoked Section 5 of the said law.
Imran Khan was arrested after a case wad filed against him for allegedly violating the Official Secrets Act by disclosing a secret diplomatic cable (cipher) sent by the country’s embassy in Washington in March last year.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman had used that document to build a narrative that his government was ousted due to a foreign conspiracy.
More than 150 cases have been registered against Imran Khan since his ouster from power in April last year.


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