The Counter Terrorism Wing of the Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) has initiated legal proceedings against the Chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on grounds of purportedly misplacing a diplomatic cipher, as per a report by ARY News.
The FIA lodged the case against the ex-prime minister on the preceding Tuesday.
The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) tasked with examining the cipher incident will oversee the inquiry.
Meanwhile, as the investigation into the cipher controversy continues, Azam Khan, the principal secretary of the former prime minister, complied with a summons and appeared before the joint investigation team at the FIA headquarters.
It is noteworthy to mention that Azam Khan, who formerly served as the principal secretary to the PTI chairman and ex-prime minister, made startling revelations. He alleged that the former PM utilized a US cipher for his own ‘political advantage’ and to evade a potential no-confidence motion.
Khan, who had been unaccounted for since the previous month, suddenly emerged and divulged these revelations about the US cipher while providing a statement under CrPC 164 before a magistrate.
Responding to Azam Khan’s statement, the PTI chairman and former prime minister declined to comment on the issue until all the details become available. He stated that the circumstances under which Azam Khan made these claims are still unclear.
However, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah asserted that the confessional statement by the former principal secretary, Azam Khan, amounted to a ‘charge sheet’ against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan. He emphasized that the latter should face consequences for the perceived anti-state ‘cypher drama’.