Letter on interference of intelligence agencies by IHC judges-brave step: Shehrbano Qureshi

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RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s daughter Shehrbano Qureshi said Thursday that the "brave step" of six Islamabad High Court (IHC) judges to write a letter on alleged interference of intelligence agencies in the judicial matters boosted the morale of her father.

Shehrbano, speaking to journalists outside Rawalpindi's Adiala Jail after meeting her father today, said that she also met Qureshi last Monday and he was in good health.

“Qureshi is very hopeful and seeing justice being done in the country,” the PTI leader said, adding that the bravery showed by six judges of the IHC boosted the courage of her father — who alongside the party founder Imran Khan is facing 10-year jail term in the cipher case.

She expressed her thoughts that they want to see a strong and stable Pakistan despite going through a tough time.

Regarding the case against the former foreign minister, Shehrbano said that appeals against Qureshi’s sentences in the cipher case would be heard on April 16.

The politico expressed hopes that the prosecution would not find more excuses in the next hearings. She claimed that the prosecution has no concrete arguments left in the cipher case.

In January, a special court judge Abul Hasnat Zulqarnain had sentenced Khan and Qureshi to 10 years, each, in the cipher case.

The case pertains to allegations that the former prime minister had made public contents of a secret cable sent by the country's ambassador in Washington to the government in Islamabad.

The FIA, in its challan, sought trial and sentence of the former prime minister and the former foreign minister as they were found guilty in the matter.

Both politicians had pleaded not guilty to their involvement in the offence related to the alleged misuse of diplomatic cable for political purposes.

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