Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and his close associate former Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi were indicted by a special court in the cipher case.
Judge Abual Hasnat Zulqernain presided over the proceedings at Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi, where Khan and Qureshi are currently lodged.
The two leaders, who were present inside the courtroom, as the charges were read, pleaded not guilty.
This marks the second instance of their indictment.
The initial indictment took place on 23 October, but the process was nullified by the Islamabad High Court.
Judge Zulqernain, during a 4 December hearing, emphasized the necessity for a fresh indictment following the Islamabad High Court’s ruling, which deemed all previous proceedings illegal due to procedural issues related to the jail trial.
Consequently, a new process was initiated to conduct an in-prison trial for the duo, ensuring all procedures were completed, and the case was restarted.
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