IHC to take up Imran's post-arrest plea today.

ISLAMABAD -- The Islamabad High Court will hear PTI chairman and deposed premier Imran Khan's post-arrest plea in the cypher case on Monday (today) as he was incarcerated in Rawalpindi's Adiala Jail.

A two-member bench headed by IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq will hear the matter.

The former premier approached the IHC after a special court, set up to hear cases filed under the Official Secrets Act, 1923, rejected his post-arrest plea.

The cypher case is related to a diplomatic document that went missing from the PTI chairman's possession. The PTI has alleged that the cypher contained a message from the US to oust Imran from power.

The IHC had ruled that Imran bail plea proceedings would take place in an open court. However, it had added that they would be in-camera if 'sensitive information' was discussed.

The special court, established to hear cases under the Official Secrets Act, will conduct the hearing of the cypher case on Monday (today) as well.

Its judge, Abual Hasnat Muhammad Zulqarnain, will hear the case against Imran and is fellow party leader, former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi at Adiala Jail.

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) claimed that Imran had violated the Official Secrets Act by unlawfully keeping a diplomatic cypher in his possession and therefore deserved punishment under the law.

In its charge-sheet submitted to the special court, the agency also accused Qureshi of facilitating the PTI chief while also mentioning his March 27, 2022 speech at a public rally in Islamabad.

On March 27, 2022, before facing...

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