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Cipher case: A complete timeline

Imran Khan and Shah Mehmood Qureshi were sentenced 10-year in jail each
Imran Khan was claiming foreign intervention to oust his government on March 28, 2022. Photo Aaj Newa
Imran Khan was claiming foreign intervention to oust his government on March 28, 2022. Photo Aaj Newa

A special court established under the official secrets act has sentenced founder of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan and Shah Mehmood Qureshi 10-year in jail.

The verdict was pronounced by Judge Abulhasnat Zulqarnain at Adyala Jail, Rawalpindi. recorded their statement under section 342 of the code of criminal procedure.

A day before, in a 13-hour long hearing, the court took testimony of 11 witnesses and concluded cross questioning with 25 witnesses.

A brief timeline of cipher

  • March 27, 2022, Imran Khan claimed foreign conspiracy against his government in a rally, waves a document
  • April 10, 2022, Imran Khan was ousted as prime minister of Pakistan through a no confidence moment.
  • A few days after Imran’s announcement, the diplomatic cable related to his claim went missing
  • To investigate the missing documents case, the Federal Investigation Agency had registered the first information report, in which it nominated Shah Mehmood Qureshi. “On March 7, 2022, a foreign secretary of Washington had sent cipher,” indicates the FIR.
  • FIA’s anti-terrorism department registered another case, nominating Imran Khan, Asad Umar, and Shah Mehmood Qureshi, adds that Imran wrongly interpreted cipher
  • August 10, 2023, Shah Mehmood Qureshi is arrested
  • August 15, 2023, Imran Khan, already in jail in Toshakhana case, is arrested
  • September 26, 2023, Imran Khan shifted from Attock Jail to Adiala on his plea
  • September 30, 2023, FIA presented a challan in the case. Referring to 27 witnesses, the FIA said that Azam Khan is a main witness who had recorded his testimony against Imran Khan.
  • 23 October, 2023, Imran Khan and Shah Mehmood Qureshi were first charged in the case.
  • October 27, official witnesses were summoned, but the hearing could not proceed due to PTI’s appeal in the Islamabad High Court.
  • October, 31, 2023, the date of was fixed and 10 witnesses were produced but their statements could not be recorded.
  • November 7, 2023, the court recorded the statements of 3 witnesses and examined them.
  • November 14, 2023, statements of two witnesses were recorded and one was cross-examined.
  • November 21, 2023 the High Court gave a brief verdict and allowed Imran Khan’s intra-court appeal and annulled the August 29 notification regarding the jail trial.
  • 13 December 2023 Imran Khan and Shah Mehmood were indicted for the second time under 3 different charges.
  • December 22, 2023, the Supreme Court granted bail to Imran Khan and Shah Mahmood Qureshi on a surety bonds worth of Rs100,000 each. However, they were not released due to arrest in other cases
  • January 26, court appoints state defence counsels
  • January 30, Imran and Qureshi are sentenced to 10 years in prison each

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