IHC verdict in Imran Khan Cipher case
In Islamabad, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) reached a significant milestone on Tuesday as it concluded the proceedings for PTI chief Imran Khan's petition challenging the decision to conduct the cipher case hearing at Attock jail. A single bench, presided over by Chief Justice of IHC, Justice Aamer Farooq, oversaw the hearings and eventually reserved its judgment after listening to arguments from both parties.
The focal point of contention during the hearing was the legitimacy of transferring the trial venue from Islamabad to Punjab. Sher Afzal Marwat, the lawyer representing Chairman PTI, presented a crucial query regarding the legal authority responsible for this transfer.
He questioned the Ministry of Law's jurisdiction in making such a decision, emphasizing that only the Supreme Court holds the power to change a trial's venue across provinces. Moreover, Marwat firmly asserted that Imran Khan's continued detention at Attock Jail was unjust, especially considering that he had been granted bail in the Toshakhana case.
The crux of the matter lies in the legal intricacies surrounding the transfer of a trial location, with Chairman PTI's counsel contending that this process should have necessitated a petition before the trial judge. The proceedings underscore the growing concerns surrounding the detention of Imran Khan, especially when he has already been granted bail in a separate case.
This case raises questions about the proper application of legal procedures and the constitutional authorities responsible for making such decisions, further emphasizing the significance of the Islamabad High Court's upcoming verdict in determining the course of this high-profile case