In a significant legal development, the founder chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan & Shah Mehmood Qureshi, has been handed a ten-year rigorous imprisonment sentence by a special court. The verdict was announced on Tuesday by Special Court’s Judge Abul Hasnat Muhammad Zulqarnain in the Adiala Jail Rawalpindi, where the proceedings took place.
The sentence was delivered in relation to a cipher case, with the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) having registered the case against Shah Mehmood Qureshi under the Official Secrets Act.
During the court hearing, both Qureshi and the ex-chairman of PTI were presented with a questionnaire, a step aimed at recording their statements under section 342 of the legal process. However, the accused chose not to record their statements in the absence of their legal representation.
In response to this, the judge informed the accused that the court had appointed state defense counsel to represent them, as their lawyers were not present during the proceedings.
This development marks a significant chapter in the legal proceedings against Shah Mehmood Qureshi, a prominent political figure in Pakistan. The case’s connection to the Official Secrets Act underscores the gravity of the charges, highlighting the legal complexities involved.
As the legal process unfolds, the implications of this verdict and its potential impact on the political landscape will undoubtedly be closely observed. The decision not to record statements without legal representation adds another layer to the unfolding narrative of this case.
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