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PTA Raids Franchises Selling Illegal SIMs in Rawalpindi, Wah & Hasan Abdal

Islamabad: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) Zonal Office in Rawalpindi, working alongside the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Cyber Crime Wing, has successfully carried out raids on three locations in Hasan Abdal, Wah, and Rawalpindi targeting franchisees of a mobile phone company and an illegal SIM registration vendor. These raids were conducted due to suspicions of these sales channels being involved in the illegal issuance of SIM cards.

During the operations, a total of 3,550 pre-active SIMs, 3 BVS devices, 748 silicon thumbs, 11,000 digital fingerprints, and a printer were seized by the authorities. Additionally, three individuals were apprehended by the FIA team on the premises, and FIRs have been filed against them. Presently, the FIA is conducting a thorough investigation into the matter.

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Prior to these raids, PTA had lodged a complaint with the FIA regarding the illegal issuance of SIMs by these sales channels, based on gathered information. These raids are part of PTA’s ongoing efforts to combat the evasion of the Multi-Finger Biometric Verification System (MBVS).

NADRA officials among 16 arrested in fake passport case

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested 15 suspects including seven officers of the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) and Passport Immigration in a case pertaining to the issuance of fake Pakistani passports to Afghan nationals.

According to details, three Assistant Director Passport Immigration, and four NADRA officers have been arrested by the FIA.

The sources said that four agents and five Afghan nationals were also arrested in the operation.

The FIA has taken action on complaints received from NADRA and the Passport Office.

The gang was involved in the issuance of forged Pakistani passports at the international level. The FIA sources said that 16 accused have been arrested in the case.

It added that efforts are being by the FIA made to arrest more suspects.

Earlier on January 8, two officials of the Passport Office Islamabad including a woman have been arrested by the FIA in a case about issuance of forged passports.

Read more: Deputy Assistant Director NADRA, Najeeb Ullah kidnapped from Islamabad

The arrests were made after pre-arrest bail of the accused was revoked by the Special Judge Central.

The arrested suspects were serving at the printing section of Passport Office Islamabad and were on bail before arrest. Syed Nabi and a female official were among the arrested accused while the raids are being conducted to nab other persons nominated in the case registered in 2021.

FIA serves another notice to Aleema Khan

Islamabad: The Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) Counter Terrorism Wing has summoned Aleema Khan, sister of former Prime Minister Imran Khan, over allegations of delivering anti-state speeches. Following a complaint lodged by the Interior Ministry, Khan received another notice from the FIA, summoning her on February 11.

The notice accuses Khan of inciting violence against the state through her speeches. This comes after the FIA initiated an inquiry against her for inciting violence and hate speech, as well as committing cybercrimes.

Read more: Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi sentenced 7 years of imprisonment in Illegal Nikah Case

Despite being summoned to the FIA cybercrime reporting center on February 3 to provide her statement, Khan did not appear.

FIA freezes Moonis Elahi’s Bank Accounts

Money laundering case, bank accounts and 6 properties of Moonis Elahi frozen

FIA has froze the bank accounts of Monis Elahi, the son of Tehreek-e-Insaf President and former Chief Minister Punjab Parvaiz Elahi, in the money laundering case.

According to the document, 8 different bank accounts of Moonis Elahi have been frozen in Lahore, more than RS 48 Crore 76 Lakh was taken out of the all these accounts.

The document states that Moonis’s bank accounts used for depositing and transferring money have been frozen, and his various bank accounts have been used for money laundering.

Read More: Moonis Elahi Declared Wanted 

According to the document, 5 properties of Moonis Elahi in Kasur and one in Rawalpindi have been frozen, their bank accounts and properties have been frozen on court orders.

Imran Khan & SM Qureshi indicted in cipher case

A special court, formed to hear the cipher case registered under the Official Secrets Act, on Monday indicted Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PT) Chairman Imran Khan and Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

The hearing of the case was held at the Adiala jail in Rawalpindi by special court judge Abual Hasnat Zulqarnain.

Both the PTI leaders were indicted after they had moved a petition under CrPC 265-D to stop the indictment. The judge while rejecting the petitions stated that the hearing was fixed for indictment and went ahead with it.

Once the charges are framed, the evidence of the prosecution is recorded and the case trial begins. Subsequently, the testimonies and statements of the accused are recorded by the court.

In line with the procedure, the court issued notices to the witnesses to appear on October 27 and adjourned the hearing till then.

According to sources, Qureshi and Khan have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

In the last hearing on October 17, both the PTI leaders’ indictment was deferred till today as the copies of challans submitted by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) against the PTI leaders were provided to the accused.

Judge Zulqarnain had scheduled the indictment for the next week as the accused lawyers had refused to receive the copies of the challan during the hearing before the one held on October 17.

In August of this year, Khan and Qureshi were booked under the Official Secrets Act 1923 in the cipher case after the FIA invoked Section 5 of the said law. The diplomatic cable reportedly went missing from Imran’s possession. According to the former ruling party, the cable contained a threat from the US to topple the PTI’s government.

Read more: Cipher case: FIA files plea seeking in-camera hearing

Khan and Qureshi are currently in Adiala jail on judicial remand in the cipher case.

Khan was taken into custody after being sentenced to three years in prison in the Toshakhana case on August 5, 2023. Initially, he was kept in Attock jail but later he was moved to Adiala jail.

It is pertinent to mention here that the IHC on August 29 had suspended the sentence handed down to the PTI chairman in the Toshakhana case.

FIA charge sheet

The FIA, in its challan, stated that the former prime minister and the vice-chairman were found guilty in the matter and requested the court to conduct their trial and sentence them in the case.

According to the sources, former PTI secretary-general Asad Umar’s name was not added to the list of accused. Meanwhile, Khan’s former principal secretary Azam Khan was also named as a “strong witness” in the case.

The FIA also attached Azam’s statements, recorded under Sections 161 and 164, along with the challan, said the sources, adding that the PTI chief kept the cipher to himself and misused the state secret.

The sources also said that Khan had a copy of the cipher but he did not return it.

Moreover, the FIA also attached the transcript of Khan and Qureshi’s speech on March 27 — the day when the former premier brandished a letter claiming it was a cipher from a foreign nation, that wanted his government to be removed from power.

The agency also submitted a list of 28 witnesses to the court with the challan after recording their statements under Section 161.

Sources further revealed that the names of former foreign secretaries Asad Majeed, Sohail Mehmood and the then additional foreign secretary Faisal Niaz Tirmizi have also been added to the list of witnesses.

What is ciphergate?

The controversy first emerged on March 27, 2022, when Khan — less than a month before his ouster in April 2022 — 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.

He did not reveal the contents of the letter nor did he mention the name of the nation it came from. But a few days later, he accused the United States of conspiring against him and alleged that Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Affairs Donald Lu had sought his removal.

The cipher was about former Pakistan ambassador to the US Majeed’s meeting with Lu.

The former prime minister, claiming that he was reading contents from the cipher, said that “all will be forgiven for Pakistan if Imran Khan is removed from power”.

Then on March 31, the National Security Committee (NSC) took up the matter and decided to issue a “strong demarche” to the US for its “blatant interference in the internal affairs of Pakistan”.

Later, after his removal, then-prime minister Shehbaz Sharif convened a meeting of the NSC, which came to the conclusion that it had found no evidence of a foreign conspiracy in the cable.

In the two audio leaks that took the internet by storm and shocked the public after these events, the former prime minister, then-federal minister Asad Umar, and then-principle secretary Azam could allegedly be heard discussing the US cipher and how to use it to their advantage.

On September 30, the federal cabinet took notice of the matter and constituted a committee to probe the contents of the audio leaks.

In October, the cabinet gave the green signal to initiate action against the former prime minister and handed over the case to the FIA.

Once FIA was given the task to probe the matter, it summoned Khan, Umar, and other leaders of the party, but the PTI chief challenged the summons and secured a stay order from the court.

The Lahore High Court (LHC), in July this year, recalled the stay order against the call-up notice to Khan by the FIA.

SM Qureshi files petition against jail trail in Cipher Case

ISLAMABAD: Vice President Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has filed plea in Islamabad High Court (IHC) in Cipher case against his jail trial.

Qureshi has pleaded to the high court to declare the trial court’s October 09 order as void.

He has also pleaded to the court to issue restraining order to the trial court from his indictment in the case.

“My trial being conducted in jail without any official order,” Qureshi stated in petition. “The high court should instruct the court to halt case proceedings in jail and conduct an open trial,” he pleaded.

Shah Mahmood also pleaded for prompt hearing of the case today.

Barrister Taimoor Malik and Faiza Asad have filed plea in IHC on behalf of the PTI leader.

It is to be mentioned here that the PTI chairman has also filed a petition against his jail trial in the diplomatic cipher case.

Read more: FIA submits challan against Imran Khan & SM Qureshi in cipher case

A special court formed under the Official Secret Act has decided to indict the former prime minister and PTI chief and former foreign minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi in cipher case on October 17.

Last month, the FIA submitted challan of the cipher case against the PTI chairman and Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

Judge Abual Hasnat Zulqarnain heard the case in Adiala Jail under the Official Secrets Act 2023. During recent hearing, the copies of challan in the case were given to the lawyers of the former prime minister and the former foreign minister.

Cipher case: FIA files plea seeking in-camera hearing

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Sunday filed a petition in Islamabad High Court (IHC), seeking in-camera hearing of bail application of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief in cipher case, a private news channel reported.

FIA Special Prosecutor Shah Khawar filed the miscellaneous petition, seeking in-camera hearing of bail application. Meanwhile, the high court fixed the miscellaneous application for hearing on Monday.

IHC Chief Justice Aamir Farooq will hear the miscellaneous application.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Islamabad High Court (IHC) will announce its decision on the bail applications of the PTI chief Imran Khan tomorrow (Monday).

The sessions court and anti-terrorism court had previously rejected applications as they were not properly followed.

In the petitions, the Tehreek-e-Insaaf chief filed through counsels, it was requested that the nine pending bail applications be considered by the respective courts as pending. It also urged the court to prevent arrests in these nine cases until the final decisions are made.

A day earlier, the FIA submitted challan of the cipher case in a special court constituted under the official secrets act. PTI chairman and Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi were indicted in the challan.

The FIA pleaded to the court for trial and conviction of the Chairman PTI and former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

Sources said that former minister and PTI leader Asad Umar has not been named in the list of the accused.

Former principal secretary to the PM Azam Khan has become a strong witness in the FIA’s case. His statement under 161 and 164 has also been annexed with the challan, according to sources.

Read more: FIA submits challan against Imran Khan & SM Qureshi in cipher case

Cipher case

The first information report (FIR) was registered on August 15 under the Official Secrets Act. It was registered on the complaint of the Home Secretary.

Former prime minister Imran Khan and former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi were nominated in the report, while names of former principal secretary Azam Khan and former planning minister Asad Umar were also mentioned.

According to the report, action also will be taken against Azam Khan and Asad Umar after the authorities reached the conclusion that they were also involved in misusing the classified documents.

The FIR stated that the former prime minister and foreign minister distorted the facts of the diplomatic cipher. “A conspiracy was launched to misuse the contents of the cipher to fulfill nefarious purposes”, it added. It further stated that former premier and top diplomat endangered the state interests.

The report claimed that former prime minister asked Azam Khan – the then principal secretary – to “manipulate the contents of cipher”. “The former premier deliberately kept the copy of diplomatic cipher, which was sent to the PM office”, it added.

FIA detains Bureau Chief ABN News Khalid Jamil 

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has detained Khalid Jameel, bureau chief of Ausaf Broadcasting Network (ABN) News from his house in Media Town Islamabad.

The family of Khalid Jamil confirmed that the FIA has detained bureau chief ABN Islamabad and said that they do not know in which case Khalid Jamil has been detained.

Journalist community reacted strongly against Khalid Jamil arrest and expressed serious their reservations.

President of National Press Club Islamabad Anwar Raza has said that “we call on the government that such measures to suppress the voice of journalists will not be acceptable in any way and journalists will not compromise on their freedom of expression”.

Judicial remand of Chairman PTI & SM Qureshi in cipher case extended till Sept 26

A special court established under the Official Secrets Act extended Wednesday Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and party’s Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s judicial remand till September 26 in the cipher case.

Khan has been imprisoned in jail since his conviction in the Toshakhana case on August 5 for failing to properly declare gifts he received while in office.

While the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had overturned a lower court’s decision to jail him for three years with a Rs100,000 fine — a judgment that kept him from contesting upcoming elections, he remains behind bars due to his arrest in the cipher case.

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) officially arrested the former prime minister and the former foreign minister in the cipher case last month after booking them under the Official Secrets Act.

During the hearing today, Judge Zulqarnain directed the FIA to submit a challan on September 26 in the cipher case, said the sources.

Qureshi was taken into custody from his residence in Islamabad in the same case on August 19 while Khan was arrested in the cipher case while he was serving the sentence in Attock jail.

“Consequent upon the conclusion of the enquiry No. 111/2023 dated 05.10.2022, registered in the CTW, FIA Islamabad, it transpired that former prime minister namely Imran Ahmad Khan Niazi, former foreign minister namely Shah Mahmood Qureshi and their other associates are involved in communications of information contained in the secret classified document (Cipher Telegram received from Parep. Washington dated 7th March, 2022 to Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs) to the unauthorised person (i.e. public at large) by twisting the facts to achieve their ulterior motives and personal gains in a manner prejudicial to the interests of state security,” read first information report (FIR) registered against the PTI leaders.

The Law Ministry had established the special court under the Official Secrets Act to conduct the hearing on the cipher case and anti-terrorism court (ATC) Judge Zulqarnain was given an additional charge to hear the matter.

Read more: FIA grills Imran Khan in Attock jail over ‘missing cipher copy’

A day earlier, the IHC reserved its verdict on Khan’s petition challenging the Law Ministry’s notification to hold his trial in Attock jail citing security concerns.

‘Imran Khan is irreplaceable’

Speaking to the media person outside the court, Qureshi said his party had never betrayed the country and never will do so in the future.

“I am sure that I have never betrayed my country and if I have been a traitor, then I should be hanged,” he added.

“I have always defended institutions as a foreign minister.”

Qureshi asserted that no one can replace Imran Khan as PTI chief, saying that there is no ambiguity about it.

“There is only one party chairman and there isn’t any ambiguity surrounding this matter,” he remarked.

Qureshi further maintained that Pakistan was suffering from economic and constitutional crisis and demanded transparent elections in the country.

Denying his involvement in the May 9 riots, the senior PTI leader said he was taking care of his ailing wife at the time.

Speaking about the Adiala jail conditions, Qureshi said he was not allowed to walk outside like other prisoners.

Cipher case: IHC reserves verdict on Chairman PTI’s plea against trial in Attock jail

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday reserved a verdict on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s petition challenging the Law Ministry’s notification to hold his trial in Attock jail in a cipher case.

The deposed prime minister — who is in judicial custody till September 13 in the cipher case — filed a plea in the IHC against the law ministry’s notification through his counsel Sher Afzal Marwat.

Khan has been imprisoned in the prison since his conviction in the Toshakhana case on August 5 for failing to properly declare gifts he received while in office.

The IHC had overturned a lower court’s decision to jail him for three years with an Rs100,000 fine — a judgment that kept him from contesting upcoming elections — he remains behind bars due to his judicial remand in the cipher case.

On August 18, Khan was booked under the Official Secrets Act 1923 in the cipher case after the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) invoked Section 5 of the said law.

The counter-terrorism wing of the FIA had registered the case against the former premier after ascertaining his deliberate involvement in misusing the classified document following a probe.

Subsequently, a special court was established under the Official Secrets Act which sent Khan on judicial remand till August 30, later extending it to 14 days till September 13.

In his petition, the PTI chief requested the court to declare the notification null and void as it was “illegal” to shift the court to Attock jail.

IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq reserved the verdict on the plea challenging the ministry’s notification after hearing the arguments today. The court had sought an explanation from the respondents on the notice.

‘One-time permission’

At the outset of the hearing, Additional Attorney General Munawar Iqbal Duggal told the court that the cipher’s hearing in Attock jail was a one-time permission.

Read more: Chairman PTI’s lawyer informs IHC of jail conditions in Attock

“The hearing on the case was held in [Attock] jail on August 30,” he said, adding that the ministry had also issued a no-objection certificate (NOC) regarding the holding of trial in the prison.

Justice Farooq remarked that the jail trial is not unusual and inquired about its procedure.

To which, the prosecutor said that the notification regarding moving the court to Attock jail was issued as per the law.

The court asked what would happen if the notification was issued again. “It has to be decided under what authority can the notification be issued,” the IHC judge observed.

PTI lawyer Sher Afzal Marwat said the notification was based on ill intent.

“The application has not become ineffective, the court has to decide notification’s validity,” he remarked.

Advocate Marwat said that another verdict has been reserved on one of their pleas, urging the court to announce the decision.

To which, IHC Chief Justice Farooq assured the PTI lawyer that the court would decide on the matter.

Cable gate

The controversy first emerged on March 27, 2022, when Khan — just days before his ouster in April 2022 — brandished a letter, claiming that it was a cipher from a foreign nation, which mentioned that his government should be removed from power.

He did not reveal the contents of the letter nor mention the name of the nation that had sent it. But a few days later, he named the United States and said that Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Affairs Donald Lu had sought his removal.

The cipher was about former Pakistan ambassador to the US Asad Majeed’s meeting with Lu.

The former prime minister, claiming that he was reading contents from the cipher, said that “all will be forgiven for Pakistan if Imran Khan is removed from power”.

Then on March 31, the National Security Committee (NSC) took up the matter and decided to issue a “strong demarche” to the country for its “blatant interference in the internal affairs of Pakistan”.

Later, after his removal, then-prime minister Shehbaz Sharif convened a meeting of the NSC, which came to the conclusion that it had found no evidence of a foreign conspiracy in the cipher.

The cipher case against the former premier became serious after his principal secretary Azam Khan stated before a magistrate as well as the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) that the former PM had used the US cipher for his ‘political gains’ and to avert a vote of no-confidence against him.

The former bureaucrat, in his confession, said when he provided the ex-premier with the cipher, he was “euphoric” and termed the language a “US blunder”. The former prime minister, according to Azam, then said that the cable could be used for “creating a narrative against establishment and opposition”.

Azam said the US cipher was used in political gatherings by the PTI chairman, despite his advice to him to avoid such acts. He mentioned that the former prime minister also told him that the cipher could be used to divert the public’s attention towards “foreign involvement” in the opposition’s no-confidence motion.

Imaan Mazari gets bail from Islamabad High Court

ISLAMABAD: Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Islamabad granted bail to the human rights lawyer – Imaan Mazari – in the Terrorism Funding Case, media reported on Saturday.

According to the details, the anti-terrorism court of Islamabad heard the bail application of Imaan Mazari, the daughter of former minister Shireen Mazari.

Judge Abual Hasnat Muhammad Zulqarnain, presided over the hearing and passed the decision on Imaan Mazari’s bail application, granting her bail in the Terrorism Funding Case.

The court has directed Imaan Mazari to submit a Rs 10,000 surety bond, the case against Imaan Mazari pertains to alleged financial assistance to terrorists, and has been registered at the Bhara Kahu police station.

Earlier in the day, the IHC barred authorities from arresting the human rights lawyer – Imaan Mazari – in any new cases.

The court’s order, issued by Justice Mian Gul Hasan Aurangzeb in a two-page written directive, has cast a protective shield around Mazari, preventing her arrest in any new cases.

The court in its written directive ordered the Secretary, Inspector General (IG), and Director General (DG) of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) not to arrest Mazari after her release.

IHC also directed the Interior Secretary, nor the police or FIA, should provide any assistance in the arrest of Mazari.

Moreover, the authorities are mandated to ensure that Mazari should not transported the confines of the capital city.

Read more: Why special court judge not given physical remand to Chairman PTI?

Shireen Mazari – the mother of the petitioner – raised concerns about the potential re-arrest of her daughter following her release on bail in a third case.

The Interior Secretary has been tasked with coordinating with provincial authorities to assess the various cases registered against Mazari by Monday.

The Islamabad Police had previously registered three cases against Imaan Mazari, with two of them resulting in her securing bail within the capital.

It is pertinent to mention here that the capital police again arrested the human rights lawyer, Imaan Mazari, after an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) granted her post-arrest bail in a case related to “interference in state affairs”.

Just after getting bail from the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC), the Islamabad police officials re-arrested the advocate outside Adiala Jail.

Cipher case: SM Qureshi’s physical remand approved

ISLAMABAD: A district and sessions court in Islamabad granted the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) a day’s remand of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi in the cipher case.

Judicial Magistrate Ehtisham Alam Khan issued the orders, asking the investigating officer to present the Qureshi again tomorrow.

Qureshi, who served as foreign minister, was arrested in the capital Islamabad on Saturday evening.

The first information report (FIR) – a copy of which is available with ARY News – was registered on August 15 under the Official Secrets Act. It was registered on the complaint of Home Secretary.

Former prime minister Imran Khan and former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi were nominated in the report, while names of former principal secretary Azam Khan and former planning minister Asad Umar were also mentioned.

According to the report, action also will be taken against Azam Khan and Asad Umar after the authorities reached the conclusion that they were also involved in misusing the classified documents.

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The FIR stated that former prime minister and foreign minister distorted the facts of the diplomatic cypher. “A conspiracy was launched to misuse the contents of the cypher to fulfill nefarious purposes”, it added. It further stated that former premier and top diplomat endangered the state interests.

The report claimed that former prime minister asked Azam Khan – the then principal secretary – to “manipulate the contents of cypher”. “The former premier deliberately kept the copy of diplomatic cypher, which was sent to the PM office”, it added.

SM Qureshi arrested in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: Vice Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Shah Mahmood Qureshi arrested from his residence in Islamabad, a private news channel reported on Saturday.

According to the details, Shah Mahmood Qureshi has addressed a press conference at National Press Club Islamabad and left for his residence.

Reports said he has been arrested by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and will be shifted to the agency’s headquarters.

FIA grills Imran Khan in Attock jail over ‘missing cipher copy’

A joint investigation team (JIT) of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) interrogated Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) incarcerated Chairman Imran Khan in a case related to the cablegate saga — a cipher what the deposed prime minister claims contains details of a threat made by the United States against his government, it emerged on Wednesday.

In a public gathering on March 27, 2022, in Islamabad, Khan brandished a letter claiming that it was evidence of an “international conspiracy” backed by the US to topple his government.

Last month, the probe agency had grilled the deposed prime minister — who was removed from office via a no-confidence motion in April last year — for nearly two hours in the case after the Lahore High Court (LHC) withdrew a stay order against the call-up notice to Khan by the FIA into the audio leak involving the US diplomatic cable.

The FIA launched investigations against the ex-prime minister for allegedly making public a confidential diplomatic cable and keeping it in his possession.

Earlier today, FIA’s Counter-Terrorism Wing registered a case in connection with the “missing cipher” from the official record of the Prime Minister’s Office and indicted Khan in the case, well-placed sources said.

They also confirmed that the JIT grilled Khan in Attock jail on Tuesday (yesterday). “The JIT met Khan in the office of the deputy superintendent jail,” according to FIA sources.

JIT finds ‘material’ against Khan

Last week, reports emerged that the JIT probing the cipher issue was nearing the conclusion of its findings but the latest publication of alleged content of the secret cable document in an online American news organisation has forced it to expand its investigation to cover the aspect of the leak to the media.

Informed sources said the JIT was keen to see how and who had leaked the document’s content to the media and whether the content of the cipher, as shared by The Intercept, is original or exaggerated.

These sources hoped that the probe would conclude within a week or 10 days.

Retention of the cipher copy by the former prime minister, the source said, is an admitted fact. It is an offence, the source said. Twisting and manipulation of the secret document for political gain is also a violation of the law, added the source.

The JIT, which was constituted by the former government, had already grilled Khan, Fawad Chaudhry, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Asad Umar, and Foreign Office officials.

It is said that the JIT may not need to grill anyone else.

Azam Khan ‘recorded’ a statement

Last month, the cipher drama took a new turn when former premier Khan’s then-principal secretary Azam Khan “recorded” a statement, terming the US cipher a “conspiracy” used by the ex-PM to “manipulate for creating a narrative against establishment and opposition.

Azam, who had been “missing” since June this year, recorded his statement under CrPC 164 before a magistrate, sources said.

The former bureaucrat, in his confession, said when he provided the ex-premier with the cipher, he was “euphoric” and termed the language a “US blunder”. The former prime minister, according to Azam, then said that the cable could be used for “creating a narrative against establishment and opposition”.

In response to the development, Imran termed Azam an “honest man” and said he would not accept the statement until he heard the bureaucrat say it himself.

The PTI, however, termed the statement attributed to the ex-principal secretary, on the US cipher conspiracy “unverified”, and said it was a “set of contradictions”.

Cablegate

The controversy first emerged on March 27, 2022, when Imran Khan — just days before his ouster — brandished a letter, claiming that it was a cipher from a foreign nation, which mentioned that his government should be removed from power.

He did not reveal the contents of the letter nor mention the name of the nation that had sent it. But a few days later, he named the United States and said that Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Affairs Donald Lu had sought his removal.

The cipher was about former Pakistan ambassador to the US Asad Majeed’s meeting with Lu.

The former prime minister, claiming that he was reading contents from the cipher, said that “all will be forgiven for Pakistan if Imran Khan is removed from power”.

Then on March 31, the National Security Committee (NSC) took up the matter and decided to issue a “strong demarche” to the country for its “blatant interference in the internal affairs of Pakistan”.

Later, after his removal, then-prime minister Shehbaz Sharif convened a meeting of the NSC, which came to the conclusion that it had found no evidence of a foreign conspiracy in the cipher.

Months later, two audio leaks took the internet by storm and shocked the public after these events. The former prime minister, then-federal minister Asad Umar, and Azam could allegedly be heard discussing the US cipher and how to use it in their interest.

On September 30, the federal cabinet took notice of the matter and constituted a committee to probe the contents of the audio leaks.

In October, the cabinet gave the green signal to initiate action against the former prime minister and handed over the case to the FIA.

Once the FIA was given the task to probe the matter, it summoned Khan, Umar, and other leaders of the party, but the PTI chief challenged the summons and secured a stay order from the court.

On July 18, the Lahore High Court recalled the stay order against the call-up notice to Imran by the FIA.

The FIA then again issued summons to Khan, Umar, and Qureshi.

FIA arrests wanted human trafficker from Lahore

LAHORE: Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) successfully apprehended a high-profile criminal listed in the principles of federal appropriations law also known as Red Book, a private news channel reported on Saturday.

The individual, identified as Shaukat Hussain, had been evading the authorities for an extended period, facing charges in connection with more than four cases of human trafficking.

The cases against Shaukat Hussain were registered from the years 2020 to 2023, reflecting the scope and duration of his illicit activities.

Operating under the guise of arranging trips for Umrah, the accused is alleged to have ensnared more than 30 victims, collecting substantial amounts of money from each.

According to FIA reports, the accused managed to accumulate Rs 2,700,000 through his deceitful schemes and went underground, evading the grasp of law enforcement.

The FIA’s tireless efforts to bring the trafficker to justice involved several rigorous raids aimed at locating and apprehending the fugitive.

FIA arrests Imran Khan’s lawyer Naeem Panjotha

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has arrested Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan’s lawyer Naeem Haider Panjotha.

According to a private news channel report, claimed that the lawyer had gone to FIA headquarters as he was summoned for investigation in the social media posts of Judge Humayun Dilawar.

PTI lawyer Sher Afzal Khan Marwat tweeted that Panjotha’s clerk had confirmed the arrest but it was not clear whether it was a formal arrest or not as the first information report cannot be “registered directly and without permission of Islamabad High Court”.

“Naeem Haider Panjotha Adv has reportedly been arrested by FIA. He went to FIA headquarters to join inquiry in Humayun Dilawar’s Facebook posts,” the PTI leader tweeted.

Marwat said that Panjotha’s arrest “would unite the legal fraternity” and would not stop the PTI chairman’s legal team from discharging their “professional obligations”.

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On the direction of the IHC, the Cybercrime Circle of FIA had launched an inquiry against Panjotha and had directed him to appear before the inquiry team at the Cybercrime Reporting Centre in Islamabad today.

In the summon, the inquiry officer had asked the lawyer to clear his position in the interest of justice for a fair trial.

Last week, the IHC referred the “controversial” Facebook posts of Judge Dilawar — who sentenced PTI chief Imran Khan in the Toshakhana case — to the FIA.

On August 5, Additional District and Sessions Judge Dilawar sentenced former prime minister Khan to three years in prison in the Toshakhana case, sending shockwaves across the party.

The PTI chief was arrested shortly after being convicted, which drew a strong response from the party.

The 70-year-old cricketer-turned-politician was found guilty of misusing his premiership to buy and sell gifts in state possession that were received during visits abroad and worth more than 140 million Pakistani rupees ($635,000), allegations which he continues to deny.

The PTI chief was seeking the transfer of his case from Judge Dilawar’s court as he alleged he was biased towards him and had shown certain posts of his Facebook account to IHC.

However, the court was informed that the judge had denied that they were his posts.

Over 90% nursing colleges in Sindh are ‘bogus’, senate committee reveals

ISLAMABAD: The Senate sub-committee on National Health Services, Regulations, and Coordination revealed that over 90% of nursing colleges in Sindh are ‘bogus’.

As per details, the senate committee meeting was headed by Robina Khalid and the committee was briefed on the irregularities in nursing colleges.

The committee member Jam Mahtab Hussain Dahar revealed that over 90 percent of nursing colleges in Karachi, Khairpur, Hyderabad, Jamshoro and Ghotki are bogus and the document of these colleges are incorrect.

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Robina Khalid said that the Nursing Council is playing with the lives of innocent people as the record provided by the PNS is also incorrect.

Furthermore, the committee was told that several nursing colleges are working without affiliation with any government body and a peon is running a nursing school in Shikarpur.

Earlier, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested three suspects for operating a fake institute, Pakistan Nursing Council. The FIA spokesman stated that the action was taken after receiving the complaint from the regulatory body of the Pakistan Nursing Council (PNC).

The arrested accused have established offices in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and registered more than 18 colleges. “They also issued fake nursing diplomas, degrees and nursing cards to the citizens of both provinces,” FIA stated.

Parvez Elahi shifted to Adiala Jail as wife moves LHC against detention

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) President Parvez Elahi has been shifted to the Adiala Jail while his wife has challenged his detention under the Section 3 of the Maintenance of Public Order (3 MPO) act in the Lahore High Court (LHC).

According to jail officials, Elahi was moved from Camp Jail at 5am on Wednesday (today) and shifted to Adiala via motorway.

The former Punjab chief minister was arrested under 3 MPO on the orders of deputy commissioner Lahore.

According to sources within the jail, due to the high-profile nature of the case, Elahi has been transferred with the government’s approval.

Elahi’s wife challenges detention

Meanwhile, Elahi’s wife Qaisara has approached the LHC over the detention and named the additional chief secretary and inspector general jails as the respondent.

In the petition it has been urged Elahi be summoned to the court and released and that he should not be arrested in any other case till the final decision on the petition.

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Elahi detained for 30 days under MPO

The Punjab government issued orders on Sunday to detain the former chief minister under 3 MPO for 30 days.

The Lahore deputy commissioner’s order said that Elahi would be kept in Lahore Camp Jail, where he had already been confined.

This decision has been taken after the recommendation made by the Lahore district intelligence committee, the notification mentioned.

According to the documents obtained by media, the committee has reported that Elahi is PTI’s leading member and a flamboyant orator.

He can incite people to create a law and order situation.

The Model Town SP and district intelligence committee have reported that Elahi is capable of creating mischief and disorder, and there is a real fear that his sympathisers can harm lives and property.

They have proposed to keep Elahi under custody for 30 days.

Two FIRs — no 22/604 and 22/1822 — have been registered against him at Qila Gujjar Singh Police Station, while an FIR 23/1150 has been registered at Ghalib Market Police Station.

According to investigations under these FIRs, it has been proved that Elahi and his companions are involved in arson, terrorism, and putting resistance against law enforcement agencies.

The deputy commissioner’s order said Elahi could contact the Punjab government against the decision.

Despite getting bail on July 11, Elahi remains incarcerated.

A local court in Lahore had ordered the PTI president’s release on bail in the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) money laundering case against him.

Elahi was initially arrested on June 1 in a graft case amid a crackdown on PTI in the wake of the May 9 protests. He was rearrested multiple times after this in different cases, including the two money laundering cases.

Parvez Elahi gets bail in money laundering case

A local court in Lahore Tuesday ordered Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) President Chaudhry Parvez Elahi’s release on bail in the money laundering case of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) against him.

The order was passed by a special court over the bail application of the former Punjab chief minister, who had been arrested by the FIA for alleged money laundering.

The court ordered Elahi to submit a surety bond of Rs500,000 against the bail.

Judge Aslam Gondal of the Banking Offenses Court issued the verdict and grilled the FIA for adopting a non-cooperative attitude.

FIA did not submit the record despite the court order, the judge stated.

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The FIA had booked the former Punjab chief minister and his son on charges of money laundering and suspicious transactions on June 20. He was taken into custody the next day, and was subsequently sent to jail on a 14-day judicial remand.

It may be noted that Elahi was initially arrested on June 1 in a graft case, amid a crackdown on PTI in the wake of May 9 protests. He was rearrested multiple times after this in different cases, including the two money laundering cases.

During the hearing of his bail plea in LHC, the PTI president had requested the court to be given bail like PTI Chairman Imran Khan and Vice-Chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

Money laundering case: Court acquits Suleman Shehbaz

Suleman Shahbaz, the son of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, along with all others accused in the Rs16 billion money laundering case filed by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), have been acquitted by a special court in Lahore on Monday.

The court’s orders came after the hearing of pleas filed by Suleman and others seeking their acquittal in the case. During the hearing, the premier’s son was present in the courtroom alongside his lawyer, Advocate Amjad Parvez.

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After completing a four-year self-imposed exile in London, Suleman returned home to Pakistan in December last year. He was not only accused in the aforementioned case, but also nominated in an assets-beyond-means reference. He was also declared a proclaimed offender in both cases.

Ahead of his arrival, the Islamabad High Court restrained both the FIA and NAB from arresting him.

The FIA, this January, cited a lack of proof and cleared him in the sugar mills case.

Meanwhile, the FIA has submitted the answers to the 27 questions related to the case in the court.

The judge, Bakht Fakhar Behzad, inquired regarding those involved in the inquiry of the money laundering case. FIA’s lawyer told the court that the inquiry was conducted by a joint investigation team headed by the late FIA official Dr Muhammad Rizwan.

When the judge questioned whether the FIA had recorded the statement of any witness during the entire investigation, the agency’s investigating officer remained silent.

After the court asked if any action was taken against those who kept changing their statements during the course of the inquiry, the FIA official replied in the negative.

Proceeding further, the judge asked if there was any proof in FIA’s seven-volume evidence. “Tell me straight away, don’t makeup stories, I have read it all. I will send all the FIA people to jail now, remember this. I want an answer, what proof of crime was there with the challan?”

Suleman’s counsel maintained that the case is baseless and he had spoken against it. The court then asked, under whose pressure the case was filed.

The prosecutor said that there was no direct evidence and Suleman Shehbaz was declared accused in the light of the form used to open the account.

The FIA official was questioned by the court about possessing the authority to investigate the case. He responded by saying that the inquiry was conducted under the money laundering act.

The court asked him whether any institution made any complaints to him regarding remittances. The prosecutor said the FIA has powers to investigate money laundering.

The former FIA officer said that the agency took action in light of the sugar inquiry commission.

When the court asked about the number of sugar mills involved in the case, the ex-FIA officer said that an inquiry was made against all the sugar mills in Pakistan. He added that the former federal government had asked for action against the sugar mills of Jahangir Tareen, Khusro family and Sharif family.

The court then asked what action was taken against the Khusro family and Jahangir Tareen. The former FIA officer said he was not the investigator of these cases, so couldn’t tell.

Later, the court acquitted all the accused, including Suleman in the money laundering case.

Speaking to the media outside the court, the premier’s son said that the case continued for seven years. “Thanks be to Allah that the facts came before the people, today by the grace of Allah we have been exonerated.”