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Cipher case: Barrister Gohar sounds alarm over potential death penalty

ISLAMABAD (PEN) : PTI leader Barrister Gohar expressed serious concerns over the ongoing legal proceedings against PTI founder Imran Khan and Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

Speaking to the media outside Adiala Jail, he highlighted the unusual circumstances surrounding the cases, stating, “Even today, the cases of PTI founder are going on in Adiala Jail.” He criticized the establishment of two separate courts for the proceedings, expressing his dismay over the perceived compromise of justice.

“In the cipher trial case, the judge called PTI as a separate court,” he pointed out, raising questions about the integrity of the legal process. He further emphasized the irregularity, questioning how the PTI founder could appear in the first court and then be expected to attend the second court.

The PTI leader specifically noted the termination of the right of defense by the judge in Rawalpindi, casting doubt on the fairness of the legal proceedings. Expressing his lack of confidence in the lawyers representing Imran Khan and Shah Mehmood Qureshi, he labeled the situation as a violation of the law and constitution.

Highlighting the severity of the charges, Gohar said, “This is a sensitive case and it could carry the death penalty.” He urged the Supreme Court and the High Court to intervene, requesting a hundred motions to be taken into consideration.

The PTI leader appealed to the Chief Justice, emphasizing the need for justice and the fulfillment of constitutional requirements. Concluding his statement, he stressed, “Whatever the crime, the right to defense should not be waived.” The plea was made with a call for adherence to legal norms in the pursuit of justice.