PTI’s Asad Umar ‘arrested’ in cipher case

Asad Umer

Asad Umar, the former secretary-general of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), has been apprehended by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), as per sources reported by ARY News on Sunday.

The FIA’s counter-terrorism division had filed a case against the former prime minister, who was removed from office through a no-confidence motion in April of the previous year. This action was taken after an investigation determined that he had intentionally misused a classified document.

Former federal minister Asad Umar was taken into custody in connection with the cipher probe case, with the arrest taking place in Islamabad.

In an earlier development, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, the vice chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and former foreign minister, was arrested at his residence in Islamabad. Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s arrest was linked to the Cypher case, and he was subsequently transferred to the Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) headquarters.

It’s worth noting that Azam Khan, the former principal secretary to the PTI chairman and former prime minister, has come forward with surprising disclosures. He asserts that the former Prime Minister employed a US communication method for his own political advantage and to prevent a vote of no confidence.

Khan, who had been absent from public view for several months, suddenly reemerged and shared these revelations about the US communication method while providing a statement under CrPC 164 before a magistrate.

On September 28 of the previous year, an alleged audio recording of the ex-Prime Minister and his associate Azam Khan discussing the US communication method, which the PTI leader claimed led to his government’s removal, was leaked.

In this supposed conversation, Azam Khan can be heard informing the former Prime Minister Khan about the contentious diplomatic message.