Imran Khan, Chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), has filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court seeking post-arrest bail in the cipher case. The cipher case involves a diplomatic document that reportedly went missing from Imran’s possession, which the PTI alleges contained a threat from the United States to remove Imran from power. Imran and former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi have been attending hearings in the case, while PTI leader Asad Umar’s involvement is still being investigated. Imran’s plea for bail was previously rejected by a special court. The petition argues that straightaway arrests have been criticized in previous judgments and that the Official Secrets Act, under which Imran is charged, was meant for the armed forces, not politicians. The plea also alleges contradictions and mala fide intentions on the part of the state functionaries involved in the case. Imran’s petition emphasizes his honesty, statesmanship, and philanthropic contributions, and claims that state machinery is being misused for political victimization. The cipher case involves accusations of wrongful communication and illegal retention of a cipher telegram. The investigation will determine the roles of other individuals, including Muhammad Azam Khan and Asad Umar. The petition concludes by stating that Imran is willing to provide reasonable surety and not tamper with the prosecution witnesses.
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