Special Court Judge Abual Hasnat Zulqarnain has issued directives for Imran Khan and former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to be presented in court on November 28. The cipher case is about a diplomatic document that was allegedly never returned by Imran and the PTI claims it contained a threat from the United States. Imran and Qureshi have been indicted in the case and have pleaded not guilty. The trial was being held at Adiala Jail, but the government’s notification for the jail trial was scrapped. The IHC had suspended Imran’s sentence in the Toshakhana case but ordered him to be kept in judicial lockup in the cipher case. The IHC also declared the jail trial proceedings void and will now conduct a fresh trial. The case proceedings have resumed and Judge Zulqarnain ordered Imran and Qureshi be brought to court on November 28. The trial will start over from the position prior to August 29. The prosecution has four weeks to conclude the trial. The case is registered under the Official Secrets Act, 1923, and the accused are involved in illegal communication and retention of a secret classified document. They are accused of twisting facts for personal gain and conspiring to misuse the contents of the document.
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