Pakistan: Court extends Khan’s custody in “cipher” case

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

“Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Imran Khan’s judicial custody related to charges of leaking state secrets has been extended by two weeks, his lawyer said. ‘Imran Khan’s remand has been extended till September 26,’ the 70-year-old opposition leader’s lawyer, Naeem Haider Panjutha, said after the special court hearing at the highly fortified Attock Jail on Wednesday. Khan, along with former Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, is charged with making public contents of a confidential cable, commonly referred to as ‘cipher,’ sent by Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States and using it for political gain, according to a Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) document. Khan alleges that the cable proves the US had pressed Pakistan’s military to orchestrate the fall of his government in April 2022 because he had visited Russia shortly before its invasion of Ukraine in February that year.” (09/13/23)