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Cipher case: Shah Mahmood Qureshi likely to be freed from Adiala jail today

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  • Special judge, Qureshi’s lawyer, Bushar Bibi reach Adiala jail.
  • On Dec 22, SC approved PTI leaders’ post-arrest bail in cipher case.
  • Post-arrest bail issued against surety bonds of Rs1 million each.

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice-Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi is likely to be released today after his bail in the cipher case was approved by the Supreme Court last week on Friday. 

In this regard, his lawyer Barrister Taimur Malik has reached the Adiala jail in Rawalpindi with his bail bonds.

Meanwhile, Judge Abual Hasnat Zulqarnain — who is hearing the case for the special court established under the Official Secrets Act 2023 — has arrived at the jail.

Also present at the jail premises is Bushra Bibi, the wife of PTI founder Imran Khan, lawyers Umair Niazi and Rai Muhammad Ali.

The apex court, on December 22, approved Khan and Qureshi’s post-arrest bail in the cipher case against surety bonds of Rs1 million each. The court ruled that the discretion exercised by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) in declining bail to the petitioners was exercised perversely.

After examining the material available on record, the court found that there was no sufficient incriminating material available at this stage to show that Khan communicated the information contained in the cipher telegram received from PAREP (Ambassador), Washington, USA, to the public at large with the intention or calculation, directly or indirectly, in the interest or for the benefit of a foreign power, nor the disclosed information related to any of the defence installations or affairs, nor did he disclose any secret official code to the public at large. 

The court, after converting the petitions into an appeal, allowed it and set aside the impugned orders of the IHC.

Imran and Qureshi had filed appeals in the apex court against the IHC orders, issued on Oct 27, 2023 and Nov 8, 2023, whereby the post-arrest bail had been declined to them in case, FIR No 6/2023, registered at Police Station CTW/FIA, Islamabad, for the offences punishable under Sections 5 and 9 of the Official Secrets Act 1923, read with Section 34 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) 1860. Both Imran and Qureshi are incarcerated at Adiala Jail in the cipher case.

It should be noted that the PTI founder and vice-chairman, on December 13, were indicted in the cipher case again by the special court established under the Official Secrets Act 2023 after the IHC declared their jail trial null and void.

Both politicians have pleaded not guilty to their involvement in the offence related to the alleged misuse of diplomatic cable for political purposes.

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No “major breakthrough” in the opposition-led JUI-F and PTI meeting

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Maulana Fazalur Rehman stated that mending rifts in relationships and getting rid of resentment in an interview with the media in Islamabad with a team from the Tehreek-e-Tahafuz-e-Ayeen-e-Pakistan that paid him a visit.

While no significant progress was made at the meeting, all sides decided to keep in touch in order to plan for the future.

“A positive message,” according to the JUI-F chief, was received with open arms by the delegation. Taking a “united” stance on national issues was the primary goal of the meeting, he said.

Democracy is losing its appeal, and Pakistan’s parliament and constitution are losing their respect. In parliament, Maulana Fazalur Rehman continued, “we should have a single voice.”

Remarking on the event, National Assembly Opposition Leader Omar Ayub thanked the JUI-F leader for ‘warmly’ receiving the group.

We had a fruitful discussion in the meeting, he declared, urging the opposition parties to work with the PTI to “protect” the constitution.

Constitutional violations and a lack of a rule of law are the claims made by Omar Ayub. According to him, there was “no reason” why the police searched the PTI’s Islamabad central secretariat office.

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In the instance of illegal recruitment, Pervaiz Elahi is granted bail.

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The earlier-reserved court ruling was delivered by LHC Judge Sultan Tanveer Ahmad on Tuesday.

LHC had filed a post-arrest bail motion, according to the former chief minister.

On October 25, 2023, Pervaiz was taken into custody by the Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE).

From June 1 to September 18, Elahi has been arrested in a number of crimes; the most recent one was reported by the Punjab ACE on September 18.

More: Pervaiz Elahi’s condition “deteriorated” in Adiala jail; he was hurried to PIMS.

In the Punjab Assembly, Elahi illegally hired 12 people for grade 17 positions, according to information provided by an ACE representative.

In the provincial assembly, the candidates were chosen through record-altering.

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The bail petition of Parvez Elahi in the Jinnah House attack case has been rejected by the ATC.

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A bail application filed by Chaudhry Parvez Elahi, a leader of the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) party, in the Jinnah House attack case has been rejected by an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on the grounds of prematurity.

ATC Judge Arshad Javed announced the decision during today’s hearing.

The counsel representing Parvez Elahi contended that there was a significant likelihood of his client being arrested in relation to the Jinnah House attack case. It was stated that the ex-Chief Minister had previously been held in custody on judicial remand in other cases.

The petitioner requested the court to authorise the release of Parvez Elahi on bail in the Jinnah House attack case.

Nevertheless, the prosecution argued that the bail petition did not meet the necessary legal criteria, emphasising that Parvez Elahi had not been apprehended in connection with the case.

Considering these considerations, the court rejected Parvez Elahi’s request for release, stating that it was premature since he had not been arrested in the Jinnah House attack case.

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