SC rejects pleas seeking probe into cypher

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected all three appeals seeking an inquiry into the cypher associated with the alleged foreign conspiracy that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf claims was behind Imran Khan’s ouster from office.

The petitions filed by Advocates Zulfiqar Bhatta, Syed Tariq Badr and Naeem ul Hassan were returned by the apex court’s registrar with objections.

Justice Qazi Faez Isa presided over the in-chamber hearing and remarked that “if the government wants, it can make cyphers from all over the world public”.

He stated that “if anyone else does this, he will be guilty of violating the Secret Act”, adding that the judiciary cannot “interfere in the affairs of the executive”.

“Is it the job of the court to deal with foreign affairs?” remarked Justice Isa and asked, “who was the prime minister when the cypher was received?”

To this, Advocate GM Chaudhry told the court that “at that time Imran Khan was the prime minister”, adding that the PTI chief had also “waved the cypher” during a rally.

Justice Isa then asked if Imran Khan as then-premier took any decision to investigate the matter as he had all the powers to conduct an investigation.

“All the authorities are under the prime minister. What should the court do in the case of this cypher,” he furthered.