The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has set aside an earlier verdict of the session court that had declared the Toshakhana reference against PTI chairman maintainable for criminal proceedings. IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq gave the reserved verdict and ordered the session to court hear and decide on the matter again.
Farhat Shahzadi — famously referred to as Farah Gogi, has refuted the claims of becoming a witness against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and his wife, Bushra Bibi. The friend of the former first lady denied appearing as a witness against the ex-premier and his wife, terming the news “baseless and false”, Geo News reported.
Former prime minister Imran Khan sees the resurgence of the cipher controversy as an apparent bid to disqualify him from contesting elections by the ruling parties who, according to him, have “shot themselves in the foot”. The PTI chairman, who had promised a ‘proper expose’ on the controversy, spoke for almost half an hour but did not provide any fresh evidence to back oft-repeated allegations.
Azam Khan, ex-principal secretary to the PTI chairman and former prime minister, who had been ‘missing’ for a month, claimed that the former PM used US cipher for his ‘political gains’ and to avert a no-confidence motion against him. Khan made startling revelations about US cipher, while recording his statement under the CrPC 164 before a magistrate. READ ALSO: PM
In a move that left many scratching their heads, a group of PTI defectors led by Fawad Chaudhry met Shah Mehmood Qureshi in Adiala Jail, apparently to convince the party’s vice chairman to desert Imran Khan. However, the meeting of the group also comprising former Sindh governor Imran Ismail, Aamer Kiani and Mehmoud Moulvi, which was “arranged” in a separate room of the jail, apparently failed to achieve its objective.
Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah has warned Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan of ‘attack’ from foreign agencies, saying that the former premier’s statements may land him in ‘danger’. Talking to journalists in London, the interior minister said that foreign agencies could take advantage of Imran Khan’s allegations levelled against ‘some people’, adding that they could carry out an attack on the PTI chief.
A pro-Imran slogan was spray painted on the wall of Stanhope House, the building where former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s son Hussain has an office. A ‘die-hard’ supporter of PTI Chairman Imran Khan, British Pakistani Shayan Ali posted a photo on social media where he could be seen stood against the boundary wall, which was spray painted with the words: “You can’t kill IK chor”.
Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice Athar Minallah observed on Monday that PTI Chairman Imran Khan had not been barred from contesting in future elections following the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) verdict in the Toshakhana reference against him, adding that the former premier “won’t face any problems” to contest in the NA-45 (Kurram-I) by-election scheduled to be held on Oct 30.
Imran Khan won six National Assembly seats for the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in a by-election on Sunday that was seen as a direct contest between the former ruling party and the current ruling coalition, which also grabbed two seats. Out of the eight National Assembly seats previously held by the PTI, Imran contested on seven.
Following the release of a set of audio clippings between Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and other key decision-makers in the government only three days ago, another controversial audio leak surfaced on Wednesday, this time purportedly featuring former premier Imran Khan. The clip making rounds on social media seemingly features a conversation between Imran and his former principal secretary, Azam Khan.