From Cipher Controversy to Menstrual Cycle Examination: Imran Khan’s legal journey


After a tricky legal battle, a Pakistani court docket on Monday (June 3) cleared former Prime Minister Imran Khan of fees associated to his dealing with of a confidential intelligence doc, often called a Cipher throughout the Pakistani authorities.

After a tricky legal battle, a Pakistani court docket on Monday (June 3) cleared former Prime Minister Imran Khan of fees associated to his dealing with of a confidential intelligence doc, often called a Cipher throughout the Pakistani authorities.

The Cipher case entails the revelation of a secret cable despatched in 2022 by Pakistan’s ambassador in Washington to Islamabad. It reportedly gave particulars of a gathering between the Pak envoy and US officers, who needed Imran Khan’s ouster from workplace.

A particular court docket sentenced Imran Khan and ex-Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to 10 years in jail for making the doc public by waving a paper copy of it at a political rally. They had been discovered responsible of revealing the labeled cable.

Khan’s acquittal by Islamabad High Court is a big win for the previous PM and his supporters. This ruling got here quickly after his sentence on one other corruption cost was suspended. The ruling leaves Khan in jail on one particular cost—Khan and his third spouse, Bushra Bibi, had been mentioned to have had a wedding towards Islamic norms. Bibi and Khan are serving a seven-year time period in jail on this rely.

During the listening to, and in its ruling, the court docket examined the main points of Bushra Bibi’s menstrual cycle. It rejected her declare that three cycles had handed between her divorce and marriage to Khan, as a substitute counting on the testimony of her ex-husband.

Bibi’s first husband, Khawar Maneka, filed the case and claimed that she had violated the Islamic tenet of following the obligatory ready interval, or iddat, between two marriages. Islamic regulation, often called ‘iddat’, requires a widowed or divorced girl to wait three months earlier than remarrying to guarantee readability concerning the father in case of a being pregnant.

When requested if Bibi’s menstrual cycles ought to be a matter for the courts, US State Department spokesperson Miller advised ‘The Intercept’ media home that maybe a Pakistani court docket could overturn this conviction, simply as they did within the Cipher case. The dismissal of the cipher case undermines the Pakistani authorities’s declare that Khan was a traitor, strengthening his supporters’ perception that the fees towards the imprisoned former PM are politically motivated.

The Cipher has been essential in Pak political disputes. Khan repeatedly claimed, even whereas nonetheless in workplace, that the Cipher confirmed US involvement in his ousting by way of a no-confidence vote in 2022. In 2023, The Intercept media home claims they obtained the Cipher from a supply within the Pakistani navy. The doc revealed that, throughout Khan’s time in workplace, US State Department officers warned the Pakistani ambassador that relations between the 2 international locations would endure if Khan remained in energy. Shortly after the assembly, a no-confidence vote in Parliament progressed, led by the influential Pakistani navy, and efficiently eliminated Khan from workplace.

Since then, Khan and his supporters have been in growing battle with the navy, leading to widespread crackdowns, killings and torture. The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) occasion, which Khan leads, has been proscribed. Khan, himself, has been imprisoned on a number of fees.

Despite Khan’s imprisonment and the ban on his occasion, PTI-affiliated candidates carried out very nicely within the vote. However, after exit polls indicated their probably victory, official outcomes began to announce that these candidates had been dropping. Amid allegations of election rigging by the navy on the regional stage, a coalition of Opposition events took energy and was swiftly acknowledged by the US.

The fees towards Khan—aside from an allegation of legal impropriety in his marriage with Bibi—haven’t stood the legal take a look at. In its ruling, the court docket famous that her ex-husband tried to cease her from visiting Khan, stating he had “attempted to prevent her by force, leading to a heated exchange of harsh words and even insults, but was unsuccessful”.

In its ruling, the court docket additionally included her ex-husband’s anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, noting that he “believes that the sister of respondent No.02”—Khan’s spouse—“who lives in the UAE, has strong connections with the Jewish lobby”.

According to the ruling, Bibi’s ex-husband additionally complained that he was denied his proper of ‘rujuh’, which, beneath the regulation and Shariah, permits a husband to take his spouse again through the preliminary interval after a divorce.

Nilesh Desai
Nilesh Desai
The Hindu Patrika is founded in 2016 by Mr. Nilesh Desai. This website is providing news and information mainly related to Hinduism. We appreciate if you send News, information or suggestion.


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