A special court has rejected the bail pleas of former prime minister Imran Khan and former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in the cipher case. The cipher case is about a diplomatic cable that went missing from Imran Khan’s possession and allegedly contained a threat from the United States to oust him from power. Former federal minister Asad Umar’s pre-arrest bail in the case has been confirmed. Imran Khan’s lawyer and Qureshi’s representatives requested bail for their clients, but the court decided to take up the bail requests separately. The court reserved its decision on Imran and Qureshi’s pleas. On August 22, the same court had granted pre-arrest bail to Umar. Umar’s lawyer argued that the case was politically motivated and there was no evidence against his client. Reporters asked Umar about the authenticity of the cipher document, to which he replied that only the former prime minister can answer that. The cipher case involves allegations of wrongful communication/use of official secret information and illegal retention of a cipher telegram. Former PM Imran Khan and FM Qureshi are accused of communicating secret information to unauthorized persons and conspiring to misuse the contents of the cipher. Imran Khan is also accused of retaining the cipher telegram with mala fide intention.
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