Pakistan News: Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has presented its stand before the High Court in a case regarding former Prime Minister Imran Khan. The FIA told the High Court that an open hearing on Imran Khan’s bail plea in the case of allegedly disclosing state confidential information could risk worsening relations with other countries.
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The FIA filed a charge sheet on Saturday in a special court under the Official Secrets Act, naming Imran Khan and Vice President Shah Mahmood Qureshi as key accused in the case. Both Khan and Qureshi are currently in judicial custody.
‘Danger of deteriorating relations’
According to the news of Pakistani newspaper ‘The Dawn’, the FIA told the Islamabad High Court on Monday that an open hearing on Khan’s bail application could risk worsening relations with other countries. After the arrest of Khan and Qureshi, the bail applications were first rejected by the special court, after which the former prime minister approached the Islamabad High Court.
Imran, 70, was booked in March last year for allegedly violating the Official Secrets Act by disclosing a confidential diplomatic cable sent by the Pakistani Embassy in the US and was arrested in August.
Qureshi was arrested
Former Foreign Minister Qureshi (67) was arrested for violating confidentiality by sending an official cable sent by the Pakistani Embassy in the US to the Foreign Office. The judicial custody of Khan and Qureshi was extended on 26 September till 10 October and as per the order of Islamabad High Court, Khan was sent from Aitak District Jail to Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi.
The FIA had filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court last week and sought an in-camera hearing on Khan’s bail plea in the case. Chief Justice Aamir Farooq took the FIA’s application for hearing on Monday.