FIA challenges Imran, Qureshi’s cipher case acquittal in Supreme Court

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ISLAMABAD: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Thursday moved the Supreme Court against the acquittal of top PTI leaders Imran Khan and Shah Mahmood Qureshi in the cipher case.

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) had on June 3 nixed the conviction of the jailed PTI founder and Qureshi in the infamous case containing charges of misusing and misplacing the classified diplomatic document.

The former prime minister and foreign minister were sentenced to 10 years each in prison in the cipher case in January this year, just days before the February 8 elections.

The diplomatic cable controversy first emerged on March 27, 2022, when Khan while addressing a public rally waved a letter before the crowd, claiming that it was a cipher from a foreign nation that had conspired with his political rivals to have PTI government overthrown.