RAWALPINDI: A special court hearing the cipher case on Tuesday sentenced former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder and former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to ten years in prison each, according to A News.

The former prime minister and foreign minister have been on trial at Adiala Jail since last year for ‘distorting’ the facts of the diplomatic cipher case.

Both PTI leaders were accused of conspiring to abuse the cipher’s contents for malicious reasons.

Special Court Judge Abual Hasnat Zulqarnain pronounced the decision in the cipher case shortly after recording the two accused’s confessions under Section 342 during the hearing today (Tuesday).

The court ruled that the prosecution had sufficient evidence to substantiate the accusations against the former prime minister and foreign minister.

On Friday, FIA prosecutor Raja Rizwan Abbasi sought that the special court constituted under the Official Secrets Act block the defence counsel’s ability to cross-examination, claiming that the defence was using delay tactics to prolong the trial.

PTI to challenge the verdict.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has said that it will appeal the cipher case ruling in the Islamabad High Court (IHC).
We will contest the sentence imposed on PTI founder and former foreign minister after getting a complete verdict in the cipher case, Barrister Ali Zafar told ARY News exclusively after the special court announced its decision.

Zafar slammed the ruling, calling the penalty against PTI leaders a’mockery’ of justice. The jail trial in the cipher case violated Article 10-A, he alleged.

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