Judge told OSA inmates can't make calls abroad.

ISLAMABAD -- In response to a contempt petition filed by PTI chairman Imran Khan for not allowing him to speak to his sons abroad via phone or WhatsApp, the superintendent of Attock Jail on Friday informed a special court formed under the Official Secrets Act (OSA) that the prison manual did not permit this act.

He added that the facility of making a phone call abroad was not available to prisoners locked up in cases related to the OSA.

Anti-Terrorism Court Judge Abul Hasnat Muhammad Zulqarnain, who has been assigned the task of presiding over trials under the OSA, was hearing the plea filed by Imran, who was incarcerated at Attock Jail.

The deposed premier was being sentenced to three years in jail in the Toshakhana (gift repository) case but even though the Islamabad High Court had suspended the imprisonment, the PTI chief was arrested in the cypher case -- an FIR filed against him under the OSA by the Federal Investigation Agency's (FIA) Counter Terrorism Wing (CTW) for 'wrongful use' and illegal retention of the classified document.

The superintendent of Attock Jail told the judge in his written response that he could not even consider violating the court's orders.

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He also attached a letter from the Punjab Prison Foundation director with his reply.

The court called for arguments on...

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