ISLAMABAD - The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday declared a notification issued by the federal government for conducting jail trial of PTI Chairman Imran Khan in cipher case null and void.
A division bench comprising Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb and Justice Saman Riffat Imtiaz reserved the verdict earlier in the day after hearing arguments from both sides. It also nullified all proceedings conducted in the case so far.
However, the bench has declared the appointment of judge under the Official Secrets Act lawful.
Earlier this month, the high court ordered to stop the jail trial of the former prime minister, who is currently detained in the Adiala jail and has been indicted in the case by the special court Judge Abual Hasnat Zulqarnain.
The division bench issued the order after the caretaker federal government gave a nod for conducting trial of Imran Khan and Shah Mahmood Qureshi in jail in the cipher case.
Earlier, a single-member bench headed by Chief Justice Aamer Farooq turned down the PTI chief’s plea against his jail trial, saying there was no apparent malice behind it.
Later, Khan filed an intra-court appeal against the single bench's decision.
At the outset of the today hearing, Khan's lawyer Salman Akram Raja presented his arguments, saying there was proper mechanism to conduct jail trial of any suspect.
Imran Khan and his party leaders are facing a cipher case, registered under the Official Secrets Act, that held the former cricket star responsible for divulging the contents of a classified cipher. PTI chief, in his fiery speeches, alleged a US conspiracy to remove him from power.
Pakistani rupee continues recovering losses against US dollar and other currencies amid positive economic cues.
On Tuesday, the US dollar moved down and was being quoted at 283.6 for buying and 286.65 for selling.
Euro slides down to 309 for buying and 312 for selling. British Pound rate inches up to 360 for buying, and 363.5 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED dropped to 77.50 whereas the Saudi Riyal rate stands at 75.90.
Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
|UK Pound Sterling||GBP||360||363.5|
|Hong Kong Dollar||HKD||36.46||36.81|
|New Zealand Dollar||NZD||175.89||177.89|
The gold remained under pressure in Pakistan amid a huge drop in price of the precious metal despite in the international market.
On Tuesday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs218,500 and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs187,330.
Single tola of 24 karat is Rs218,500, 22 Karat Gold costs Rs200,290, rate of 21 karat gold stands at Rs191,190 whereas 18k gold rate is Rs163,875.00 for each tola.
In the global market, gold saw huge drop in price, coming down to $2037 per ounce after drop of $81.79.
|Lahore||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Karachi||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Islamabad||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Peshawar||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Quetta||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Sialkot||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Attock||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Gujranwala||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Jehlum||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Multan||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Bahawalpur||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Gujrat||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Nawabshah||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Chakwal||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Hyderabad||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Nowshehra||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Sargodha||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Faisalabad||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|
|Mirpur||PKR 218,500||PKR 2,720|