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Imran Khan’s judicial remand in Cipher case extended by another 14 days

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ISLAMABAD, Sept 26: A Pakistan special court on Tuesday extended the judicial remand of former
Prime Minister Imran Khan for another 14 days in the Cipher case, blighting the chances of his early
release.
Khan, also the chief of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, was arrested last month after a case
was filed against him for allegedly violating the Official Secrets Act by disclosing a secret diplomatic
cable (cipher) sent by the country’s embassy in Washington last year in March.
It is the third time that Khan, 70, has been sent to jail on remand. The previous 14-day remand
ended today.
The special court judge Abual Hasnat Zulqernain conducted hearings in the District Jail Attock, where
Khan has been detained since August 5 after his arrest following conviction in the Toshakhana case.
After the hearing, the court ordered to keep him in judicial custody until October 10 to complete the
probe.
The court also extended the remand of former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi for the
same period. Qureshi has also been accused under the same law.
Though the Islamabad High Court on Monday ordered authorities to shift Khan to the Adiala jail in
Rawalpindi the directive was not implemented.
Earlier, the authorities were allowed to conduct hearings of the case in the jail due to security
concerns.

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