Imran Khan not allowed telephone conversation with sons
ISLAMABAD: The Attock Jail authority on Friday refused to allow former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan to talk with his sons over the phone or WhatsApp.
Official Secrets Act court judge Abual Hasnat Zulqarnain conducted the proceedings over the matter of not allowing the former prime minister to hold telephonic conversations with sons in Attock jail. The Attock Jail Superintendent submitted a reply to the contempt petition.
In his reply, he stated that jail rules prohibit any prisoner from being connected to the phone. There is no provision in the jail rules of 1978 that allows any accused to communicate over the telephone with someone abroad, added Attock Jail Superintendent.
He further stated that the accused under the Secrets Act cannot be granted Prison Custody Officer (PCO) status, according to the letter of Inspector General Prisons dated December 6, 2022.
The judge sought arguments on the superintendent’s reply by Sept 18 and adjourned the case till Monday.
Be reminded that, the special court rejected the bail applications of PTI Chief Imran Khan and Vice Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi in the cipher case on 14th September
The written judgment of Justice Abul Hasnat Zulqarnain stated that the fact regarding the instant case shouldn’t be overlooked, adding that this is a top-secret case and the irrefutable evidence against Imran Khan and Shah Mehmood Qureshi is sufficient to prove their involvement in the cipher case.
According to the FIR record, Imran Khan and Qureshi are registered under sections 5 and 9 of the Official Secrets Act, 1923, read with Section 34 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), said the judgment.
They have been found guilty of committing wrongful communication/use of official secret information and keeping cipher telegram (an official secret document) in their possession illegally with mala fide intention.
The judgment further added that material against the accused is sufficient to discard the bail, unrelated persons will not be allowed during the next hearing.
The petitioners have not issued the certificate despite the court injunction, the bail is rejected for failure to comply with the court order to submit the certificate, added the judgment.