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Court Separates Imran Khan’s Bail Hearing in Cypher Case


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In a significant legal development, a special court in Islamabad, dedicated to handling cases arising under the Official Secrets Act, has made the decision to conduct separate hearings for bail requests submitted by PTI Chairman Imran Khan and prominent party leaders, Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Asad Umar, in the Cypher case. This move follows objections raised by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) against Imran Khan’s bail application, specifically regarding the absence of a certificate containing pertinent details. The court presided over by Judge Abual Hasnat Zulqarnain, has reserved its verdict after hearing the arguments presented by the FIA in opposition to Imran Khan’s plea. The court’s decision signifies a pivotal moment in the ongoing legal proceedings surrounding these high-profile figures.

The FIA prosecution team asserted that Imran Khan’s bail application was inadmissible due to the absence of the required certificate, a crucial component as specified by a Supreme Court ruling. As a result, the FIA submitted a formal application, urging the court to deem the PTI chief’s plea unsuitable for consideration.

In light of these contentions, the court has determined that the bail applications of Imran Khan, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, and Asad Umar will be treated separately, thereby addressing the unique circumstances and legal nuances of each individual’s case.

The court has postponed the hearing of Imran Khan’s bail application until September 14, granting his legal team time to address the technical objection raised by the prosecution. It is worth noting that Imran Khan has been in judicial custody related to the cipher case since his arrest on August 5, subsequent to his conviction in the Toshakhana case.

A notable development in his ongoing legal saga, the special court overseeing cases related to the Official Secrets Act recently granted Imran Khan permission to communicate with his sons while in custody. This gesture of goodwill amid the legal proceedings highlights the complexities and high-stakes nature of the case.

The next crucial juncture in this legal journey is set for September 14 when the bail pleas of Imran Khan, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, and Asad Umar will be further deliberated. The legal community, as well as the public, continues to closely monitor these proceedings, recognizing their significance in the political landscape of Pakistan.

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