Judge hearing Imran, Qureshi bail pleas goes on leave

PTI Chairman Imran Khan and vp Shah Mahmood Qureshi. — AFP/File
  • Judge Abul Hasnat Zulqarnain is on leave till Sep 8 because of spouse’s sickness.
  • PTI’s felony workforce recordsdata software in Judge Raja Javad Abbas’s courtroom to listen to bail plea.
  • Judge Abbas says he cannot pay attention instances fall beneath Official Secrets Act.

ISLAMABAD: Special Court Judge Abul Hasnat Zulqarnain, who has been hearing bail pleas of incarcerated former top minister Imran Khan and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi in cipher case, has long past on leave till September 8.

The PTI’s felony workforce comprising counsels Babar Awan, Salman Safdar and Naeem Haider Panjotha reached court the place the body of workers apprised them that Judge Zulqarnain was once on leave because of his spouse’s sickness.

Lawyer Safdar asked the courtroom body of workers to mend the hearing of the case on Thursday. 

Meanwhile, the PTI’s felony workforce reached the court of Judge Raja Javad Abbas and implored him to listen to the bail plea.

At which, the pass judgement on spoke back that he may now not pay attention the case as he was once now not the obligation pass judgement on.

“There is no notification of the duty judge of the Official Secrets Act. If the Islamabad High Court can mark it, only then I can hear it,” Judge Abbas remarked. “I can hear cases of 24 courts as a duty judge but not to the extent of the Official Secrets Act.”

Lawyer Awan urged submitting an software and shifting to the prime courtroom for the hearing of the bail pleas. Judge Abbas concurred with Awan’s advice and mentioned the IHC would make a decision on the subject.  

Judge Abbas additionally wondered how his courtroom may pay attention the cipher case because it falls beneath the purview of particular courtroom. He mentioned that he would pay attention PTI’s software at 12pm these days to make a decision whether or not his courtroom may pay attention the bail pleas of the PTI leaders. 

Last month, ATC-I Judge Zulqarnain was once given an extra rate of the particular courtroom established beneath the Official Secrets Act to listen to subject associated with the diplomatic cipher that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) mentioned was once out of place and utilized by former PM Imran Khan for political functions.   

The cipher case trial is being held in-camera. 

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