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Imran Khan Seeks Ex-Army General and US Envoy as Witnesses in Cipher Case Defense

On Monday, Babar Awan, the lawyer for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), stated that Imran Khan, the former prime minister and ex-chairman of the party, wants a former army general and a US envoy to testify in the cipher case being heard by a special court.

Imran Khan himself mentioned that he plans to include former army chief General (retd) Qamar Javed Bajwa and US embassy officials as witnesses in his defense during the cipher case trial. Imran claimed that General Bajwa took actions based on directives from Donald Lu. “Will include General Bajwa and US embassy officials as witnesses [in the case]. General Bajwa did everything on Donald Lu’s directives,” he said in a conversation with journalists.

During the trial proceedings at Adiala Jail, Imran Khan expressed these intentions. The special court decided to indict Imran Khan and ex-foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi again in the cipher case on December 12.

Speaking to the media, Imran predicted his party’s success in the February 8 polls and stated that his arrest was part of a plan. He thanked PTI leaders for their support and refuted claims of negotiations in jail. Imran also addressed allegations from Khawar Maneka, his wife Bushra Bibi’s former husband, stating that he saw his wife’s face for the first time after their nikkah. He claimed that Bushra’s sons were under pressure to give statements against their mother.

Both Imran Khan and Shah Mahmood Qureshi were indicted in the case on October 23 and have pleaded not guilty. The case involves charges under the Official Secrets Act related to the alleged misuse of diplomatic cipher contents as evidence of an attempt to remove Imran’s government. The special court ruled that the cipher case hearing would continue at Adiala Jail but in an open court.

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