The Supreme Court of Pakistan granted bail to former Prime Minister Imran Khan and his associate, Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi, in the cipher case on Friday. This decision came after the apex court accepted their petition challenging the high court’s verdict. To secure their release, both PTI leaders were required to provide bail bonds of Rs1 million each.
However, it remains uncertain whether Khan will be released from jail immediately, considering he faces multiple arrest warrants in various other cases, according to Salman Safdar, one of Khan’s lawyers. Imran Khan, a former cricket star, has been in jail since August following his conviction on corruption charges in a different case.
A three-member bench of the Supreme Court, led by Acting Chief Justice of Pakistan Sardar Tariq Masood and including Justice Mansoor Ali Shah and Justice Athar Minallah, heard the petitions of Imran Khan and Shah Mahmood against the Islamabad High Court verdict in the cipher case.