Imran Khan has been granted permission to speak with his sons via telephone while he is on a 14-day judicial remand in Attock Jail. This decision was made by a newly established court under the Official Secrets Act.
Khan, who is currently detained in connection with a cipher case, had submitted a petition requesting the ability to communicate with his sons, Qasim and Suleman, over the phone. The petition was approved by Special Court Judge Abul Hasnat Mohammad Zulqarnain, who issued directives to the jail superintendent to facilitate the telephonic contact between Khan and his sons.
This development comes a day after the court extended Khan’s judicial remand until September 13 in the same cipher case. The hearing took place at Attock Jail, where Khan was presented before Judge Abul Hasnat. His legal team, which includes Barrister Salman Safdar, Intizar Panjotha, Naeem Panjotha, and Ali Ijaz, presented arguments during the hearing. Federal investigators were also present.
In a related event during Wednesday’s hearing, Khan’s legal team submitted a petition seeking post-arrest bail for the former premier. They argued that the case against him under the Official Secrets Act was illegal and politically motivated. Despite his arrest, Khan can still apply for bail.
Khan was re-arrested shortly after his sentence in the Toshakhana criminal case was suspended by the Islamabad High Court. He was then sent on judicial remand until August 30 under the Official Secrets Act. The trial of this populist leader will continue in jail.