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Court Asks FIA for Response to Imran Khan’s Bail Request

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has sent a letter to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) after Imran Khan, the leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), asked for permission to be released from custody while his case is being investigated. Khan wants to be free during the cipher case inquiry.

This happened while Khan’s request for bail was being discussed. He was challenging the special court’s decision on the cipher case. Khan submitted his plea on Saturday, and it was set for a hearing today.

The special court, governed by the Official Secrets Act, had earlier denied bail requests from Khan and his party’s Vice Chairman, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, concerning the missing cipher case.

Notices were issued by IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq in response to a petition filed by lawyer Salman Safdar on behalf of Imran Khan.

Khan’s lawyers wanted the case to be heard quickly, but the head judge of the IHC reminded them that there are specific steps to follow, and the case will be decided according to those steps.

Imran Khan asked the FIA for information, and they need to give him an answer.

Khan and Qureshi are in custody for the cipher case, and they will remain there until September 26.

Last month, the FIA accused the PTI leader and his party’s vice chairman of mishandling a classified document for political gain. Both leaders were arrested, and a special court was set up to investigate and try the case under the Official Secrets Act.

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