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Imran and Qureshi received a 10-year term in the Crypt case



Judge Abul Hasnat Zulqarnain of the special court made the announcement at a hearing at Adiala Jail.

RAWALPINDI: In the cypher case, Imran Khan, the founder of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), and his leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi received 10-year sentences.

The issue concerns claims that the former prime minister leaked information from a classified cable that the nation’s envoy in Washington DC delivered to the Islamabad administration.

For the troubled PTI founder, this is his second conviction in as many months. In a prior corruption case, he received a three-year term. His imprisonment was suspended as he contested the conviction for corruption, but it had already disqualified him from running in the general elections that follow next month.

In front of both PTI leaders, special court judge Abul Hasnat Zulqarnain made the announcement verbally about today’s ruling at the Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi.

The Official Secrets Act of 2023 established the special court. Since the case began last year, Judge Zulqarnain has been holding hearings in Adiala Jail.

Regarding their involvement in the suspected misuse of diplomatic cable for political objectives, both lawmakers had entered not guilty pleas.

During the hearing, Judge Zulqarnain reminded the PTI leaders that their lawyers were assigned state lawyers and would not be attending in court before declaring the verdict.

The court further noted that the questions under 342 were presented to Qureshi and Imran. Qureshi countered that they cannot record his remarks because his lawyers are not present.

The decision was made one day after the hearing was postponed because of a disturbance caused by Qureshi and Imran in the courtroom.

Imran and Qureshi receive state solicitors

Since the defence attorneys had once again neglected to show up for court on Saturday, the judge had made the decision to assign state counsel to represent the PTI leaders.

Malik Abdul Rehman and Hazrat Younus were asked to cross-examine the prosecution witnesses on behalf of Qureshi and the PTI founding chairman, respectively, as state defence attorneys, according to the court ruling.

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) ruled in November of last year that Khan and Qureshi’s jail trial was “null and void” and granted their intra-court appeals in the case, after their challenge to their indictment in the case.

Nevertheless, the trial proceeded after the federal cabinet once more approved the outline of convening the two lawmakers’ jail trial.

Gohar requests composure from PTI employees.
Following the announcement of the verdict, Barrister Gohar Ali Khan, Khan’s successor, advised party members to maintain composure and refrain from threatening legal action in response to the ruling.

Gohar told reporters at the Islamabad High Court, “An attempt is being made to divert our focus from the elections; everyone will be held accountable on February 8.”

The PTI representative also made a suggestion that the party would file an appeal after stating that the IHC and Supreme Court are trusted by the party.

Cryphergate: What is it?
Less than a month before he was removed from office in April 2022, on March 27, 2022, Khan waved a letter in front of the audience during a public rally. He claimed that the letter was a cypher from a foreign country that had plotted with his political rivals to topple the PTI government. This was when the controversy first surfaced.

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SHC angered by lack of progress in ten cases involving missing persons




Justice Naimatullah Phulpoto said, “Even after 12 years, it has not yet been decided that the missing persons went themselves or someone took them by force.”

“The provincial Task Force and JIT are undoubtedly holding sessions. Justice Phulpoto stated, “The families of the missing people are concerned that they should receive relief.”

“After being with the AVCC for 12 years, the case of a missing citizen has now come to us,” an IO stated.

The investigating officers were instructed by the court to make daily progress in their inquiry.

The bench also requested reports from all of the nation’s prisons and detention facilities.

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On Quds Day, PM Shehbaz restates Pakistan’s solidarity for the Palestinian people.




In his speech on Juma tul Wida and the International Day of Al-Quds, he vehemently condemned the crimes committed by Israel in Gaza.

According to him, thirty-two thousand Palestinians—including seventeen thousand children—have died in Gaza since October of last year, and seventy thousand more have been injured. Access to humanitarian supplies has been purposefully restricted, and hospitals, refugee camps, and children’s schools have all been targeted.
He lamented that the unprovoked bombing of defenseless civilians in Gaza persisted in spite of the UN security council’s decision calling for a ceasefire.

According to the prime minister, Pakistan will stand by its armless Palestinian brothers and sisters diplomatically and morally until they are freed from Israeli occupation and an independent state is established in accordance with pre-1967 borders.

On the occasion of Juma tul Wida, the Prime Minister made a plea to Muslims worldwide, including those in Pakistan, asking them to remember their brothers and sisters in Palestine and Kashmir and to pray to God Almighty for the ability to overcome their challenges.

On the eve of Juma tul Wida, he also urged the country to pray for Pakistan’s peace, security, progress, and prosperity.

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The Punjab Assembly moved to make the manufacture of kites and strings a non-bailable offence.




Hina Parvez Butt, MPA for the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), proposed the resolution. Concerns on the rising number of stray kite string events in the province were voiced in the resolution.

The resolution stated that while stray strings have taken many lives in Punjab, police are unable to contain the growing issue.

In her motion, the PML-N MPA urged the Punjab Assembly House to declare that offences involving kites and strings are not subject to bail, and they also urged judges to deny bail to those accused of the aforementioned crimes.

It is important to note that after a young person in Faisalabad died, Punjab police launched an operation to stop kite flying and sales in the region.

Public announcements cautioned the public against kite flying, while the police filed cases and detained makers of metal and kite strings.

On the orders of Chief Medical Officer Maryam Nawaz, police had on March 25 registered 245 cases and detained 242 kite flyers around the province.

In addition, the Karachi commissioner banned the selling of kites and their flying within the city after multiple people were gravely hurt by loose kite strings.

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