ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) – The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman’s bail request in the cipher case was heard in secret on Monday, per the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) request, because of concern that an open court proceeding may damage Pakistan’s relations with other nations.

Shah Khawar, Special Prosecutor of FIA, submitted the plea when the court reconvened following a brief recess.

Before the break, the court made the decision to hear both the PTI chief’s bail petition and the FIA’s request for an in-camera hearing. The court commented as it took up the petition, “Let’s hear the application for in-camera proceedings along with the main application for bail.”

When the court reconvened after the break, the IHC CJ asked whether the bail plea might be heard in private. According to Khawar, a trial cannot be made public under the Official Secrets Act. He stated that they planned to enter a similar plea before the trial court.

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