Govt challenges IHC’s decision in cipher case
ISLAMABAD: (Suno News) The federal government on Friday challenged in the Supreme Court the decision of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) invalidating the jail trial of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) ex-chairman Imran Khan in the cipher case.
A petition challenging the annulment of Imran Khan’s jail trial was filed through lawyer Raja Rizwan Abbasi.
PTI founder Imran Khan and special court judge Abual Hasnat were made parties in the petition.
Besides, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) director general, the inspector general (IG) of Islamabad police, the Islamabad chief commissioner, and the deputy commissioner were also made parties in the case.
It was stated in the petition that the IHC had not examined the petition of the facts. “The IHC also stopped the special court set up for the cipher trial from further proceedings.”
The petition further stated that the IHC had no power to stop the special court from the proceedings.
The petition requested the apex court to annul the decision of the IHC’s Nov 21, 2023, decision.
On November 21, 2023, while upholding the appointment of the judge of the Official Secrets Act (OSA) court, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) declared the intra-court appeal of former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan admissible and his jail trial in the cipher case illegal.
A two-member IHC bench comprising Justice Miangul Hasan Aurangzeb and Justice Saman Rafat Imtiaz pronounced the reserved verdict, annulling the August 29 notification for Imran Khan’s jail trial.