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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Imran Khan turned down offer of leaving country: Arif Alvi

Former Prime Minister Imran Khan turned down an offer to leave Pakistan, says former President Arif Alvi.

Alvi said that he was offered a way out to leave the country and save himself from the cases. He, however, vowed to stay in the country and decided to face the fake cases made against him.

Alvi addressing the event in Faisalabad, said that Imran Khan will face the consequences of the cases made against him.

He said that there is no accountability left in the country and that he lost in the law and order process in the country.

In a significant development, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday acquitted PTI founder Imran Khan and former foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in the cipher case. The short verdict was delivered by IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb, who accepted the appeals of the former premier and diplomat against their convictions.

Despite the acquittal, Imran and Qureshi are not expected to be released from prison immediately. Imran is still serving a sentence in the Iddat case, while Qureshi remains detained due to recent arrests related to the May 9 incidents.

Read more: IHC suspends Imran Khan and Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s sentence in Cipher case

Previously, a special court established under the Official Secrets Act had sentenced both Imran and Qureshi to 10 years in prison in January. This verdict came after Judge Abual Hasnat Zulqarnain appointed state counsel for them.

The cipher case revolves around a diplomatic document that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) alleged was never returned by then-PM Imran. Imran had claimed that the document contained a threat from the US to topple his government.

Imran Khan has been granted bail in the Toshakhana as well as the Al-Qadir Trust case. He is also acquitted in several terrorism-related cases. He is now only facing imprisonment in the Iddat case.