IHC rejects Imran Khan's pleas seeking bail, cancellation of FIR in cipher case

11:00 AM | 27 Oct, 2023
Imran Khan
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ISLAMABAD – The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday rejected former prime minister Imran Khan’s pleas for bail and the cancellation of the First Information Report (FIR) in the cipher case.

IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq delivered the court’s decision after the arguments from both sides were concluded.

During the previous hearing, Khan’s counsel, Sardar Latif Khosa, argued that an FIR could not be registered against his client, as the former prime minister’s federal cabinet had declassified the cipher.

Khosa further stated that the ex-premier was protected by immunity under Article 248 of the Constitution, which covers acts performed or purported to be done by the president, governor, prime minister, federal minister, minister of state, chief minister, and provincial minister.

During the hearing, another counsel for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman, Barrister Salman Safdar, contended that Section 5 of the Official Secrets Act did not apply to the cipher case, as it is invoked for sharing sensitive information with foreigners, and this element was missing in the FIR against the PTI chief.

Imran Khan had challenged the registration of the FIR and sought bail in the case filed against him and the party’s vice-chairman, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, for misusing the classified document for political purposes.

A special court formed under the Official Secrets Act had indicted both party leaders, who are currently detained at Adiala jail.

On October 26, the IHC also denied Imran Khan’s requests to halt the trial in the matter.

Charge sheet

According to the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) charge sheet, the former prime minister and the ex-foreign minister were found guilty in the case, and the FIA requested the court to conduct their trial and issue sentences.

The FIA did not include former PTI secretary-general Asad Umar in the list of accused. However, Imran Khan’s former principal secretary, Azam Khan, was named as a “strong witness” in the case. The FIA attached Azam’s statements, recorded under Sections 161 and 164, to the charge sheet, and Khan is accused of keeping the cipher and misusing it.

The FIA also included the transcript of Khan and Qureshi’s speech on March 27, the day when Khan presented the cipher as a document from a foreign nation seeking his government’s removal from power. The FIA submitted a list of 28 witnesses to the court with the charge sheet after recording their statements under Section 161.

Among the witnesses are former foreign secretaries Asad Majeed, Sohail Mehmood, and the then additional foreign secretary, Faisal Niaz Tirmizi.

Cipher case

The cipher case originated on March 27, 2022, when Imran Khan, shortly before his removal from office in April 2022, presented a letter at a public rally, claiming it was a cipher from a foreign nation that had conspired with his political rivals to overthrow the PTI government.

The contents of the letter were not disclosed, and the name of the nation was not mentioned. A few days later, he accused the United States of conspiring against him and claimed that Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Affairs, Donald Lu, had sought his removal.

In October, the federal cabinet authorised action against the former prime minister and transferred the case to the FIA. Although the FIA summoned Khan, Umar, and other party leaders, Khan challenged the summons and obtained a stay order from the court.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 25 Feb 2024 forex rates

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar in the open market on February 25, 2024 (Sunday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 25 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.5 282.55
Euro EUR 302 305
UK Pound Sterling GBP 352.5 356
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.88 751.88
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.76 36.11
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.79 917.79
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 726.53 734.53
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 317.87 320.37
Thai Bhat THB 7.79 7.94


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