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Updated December 24th, 2023 at 21:45 IST

Bilawal Bhutto lambasts Imran Khan over Cipher case, compares trials with Trump indictment

Amid the ongoing turmoil in Pakistan, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari lambasted Ex-Pak PM Imran Khan over his involvement in Cipher case.

Former Foreign Minister of Pakistan Bilawal Bhutto and Ex-Prime Minister Imran Khan
Former Foreign Minister of Pakistan Bilawal Bhutto and Ex-Prime Minister Imran Khan | Image:AP
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Amid the ongoing turmoil in Pakistan, Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari lambasted former Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan over his involvement in the Cipher case. The political scion noted that the allegations hurled against Imran are very serious and called it a “major national security breach”, Dawn reported. The proclamation from Bilawal came days after the Supreme Court of Pakistan granted bail to Khan and Pakistan's former Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. 

While talking to the media in Larkana after submitting his nomination papers, Bilaawal said that the political persecution faced by his family was very different from what Khan is going through right now. “The cipher case is a very serious case. I cannot be in favour of political retribution against a politician because our party and family have suffered and we would not want the same for our opponents. But the cipher case is a very serious issue,” the PPP leader averred. Bilawal drew parallels between Khan's case and former US President Donald Trump's indictment for hiding classified documents. “Pakistan’s classified documents are the property of the state. We face a national security threat if these documents are somehow leaked. So there should be a full investigation on the cipher and the reality should be before the public and the nation since this was a major national security breach,” he added. 

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Bilawal urges the government to pursue a thorough investigation into the matter 

While continuing his rant against the former Chairman of Pakistani Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI), Bilawal pointed out that Khan admitted his guilt openly, Dawn reported. “Khan sahib has admitted on television that he misplaced it and on the day of his arrest, that cipher was leaked to the internal media. This is a very serious issue and the court should take it as seriously as any other issue on which questions of national security are raised,” he said. He went on to urge the government to pursue a thorough investigation into the matter and called for a judicial inquiry into the same. 

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What is the Cipher Case? 

The Cipher case revolves around a diplomatic document that the Federal Investigation Agency’s chargesheet alleged was never returned to the authority by the former Prime Minister of Pakistan. The PTI has long held that the document contained a threat to the ousted Prime Minister from the United States. In light of this, the former Pakistani premier and his aide were first indicted in the case on October 23. While the two politicians pleaded not guilty, the trial of the case commenced in the Adiala Jail, where Khan and Qureshi are imprisoned. As of now, four witnesses have recorded their statements in the case, Dawn News reported. 

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Published December 24th, 2023 at 21:44 IST

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