Islamabad High Court Overturns Convictions of Imran Khan and Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Cipher Case

In a significant legal development, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) has overturned the convictions of Imran Khan, the founder of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, and Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the former Foreign Minister, in the high-profile cipher case.

Legal Victory for PTI Leaders

The IHC’s decision was delivered by a two-member bench comprising Chief Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb, both of whom ruled in favor of Khan and Qureshi. This ruling marks a major legal triumph for the PTI leaders, who have faced intense scrutiny and legal challenges in recent years.

Origins of the Case

The cipher case originated from a First Information Report (FIR) lodged by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) under the Official Secrets Act. The FIR was filed following Imran Khan’s assertion of an “international conspiracy” allegedly orchestrated by the United States to interfere in Pakistan’s politics. Khan’s controversial claim suggested that foreign powers were meddling in the country’s political affairs.

Contradictory Allegations

However, Azam Khan, a former aide to Imran Khan, accused him of fabricating the conspiracy narrative. This allegation added a layer of complexity to the case, raising questions about the validity of the conspiracy claims and the motivations behind them.

Court’s Rationale

The IHC’s ruling indicates that the court found insufficient evidence to uphold the convictions of Khan and Qureshi. The decision effectively clears them of the charges related to the cipher case, underscoring the lack of concrete proof to support the accusations made against them.

Implications of the Ruling

This ruling is a pivotal moment for Imran Khan and Shah Mahmood Qureshi, as it not only exonerates them from the legal accusations but also reinforces their positions within Pakistan’s political landscape. The decision is likely to have significant implications for the ongoing political discourse in the country, particularly in relation to allegations of foreign interference and internal political dynamics.

For more updates on this developing story and other news, stay tuned.

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