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Imran Khan gets bail in cipher case, but will stay in jail – Times of India


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan‘s Supreme Court on Friday granted post-arrest bails to jailed former PM Imran Khan and ex-foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in a cipher case linked to the alleged leaking of state secrets.
The bails were granted against surety bonds of 1 million Pakistani rupees (around $3,650) each. While Qureshi’s release from jail seems imminent, Imran appears to have to stay behind bars as he is currently on judicial remand in a £190 million corruption case related to a land scam.
Despite Friday’s bail, Imran remains disqualified from contesting the general elections due to his conviction in a graft case that the HC refused to overturn on Thursday. Imran, in any case, filed nomination papers for the February 8 elections from his hometown Mianwali Friday, Geo News reported.
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), meanwhile, rejected on Friday Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s organisational elections and its plea to have the cricket bat as its symbol for the February 8 elections. With this, Gohar Khan, a close aide of Imran, lost his position as chairman of PTI, days after his appointment. The PTI can now either challenge the ECP decision in Supreme Court or field its candidate as independents. It can also ally with another party to allow its candidates to use the symbol of that party for elections.
(With agency inputs)


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