IHC verdict on Imran Khan petition in Cipher case
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has reached a pivotal juncture in the case involving former Prime Minister and PTI Chairman Imran Khan's petition against the US cipher case proceedings at District Jail Attock as the IHC's decision to reserve its verdict on Tuesday. Chief Justice Aamer Farooq presided over the proceedings, which saw an intriguing twist during the hearing.
Imran Khan's legal representative, Sher Afzal Khan Marwat, informed CJ Farooq that the former Prime Minister was currently engaged in another court session but would arrive shortly. He urged the prosecution to proceed with their arguments, assuring them that he would represent Imran Khan's interests in the meantime. However, CJ Farooq insisted on contacting Marwat.
Subsequently, PTI Chairman's counsel appeared in court and raised questions regarding the Ministry of Law's decision to transfer the court proceedings to Attock Jail. He queried the legality of such a transfer, asserting that only the Supreme Court had the authority to order such a relocation. He further contended that Imran Khan's confinement in Attock Jail, following the suspension of his sentence in the Toshakhana reference, was unjustifiable.
Marwat alleged that the notification issued by the Ministry of Law aimed to prolong Imran Khan's incarceration, suggesting ulterior motives behind the court's transfer to Attock. He emphasized that trials of civilians under the Official Secrets Act were traditionally conducted in special courts.
This development underscores the legal complexities surrounding the case and sets the stage for an eagerly awaited verdict from the Islamabad High Court