ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday nullified the notification issued on August 29 for conducting the jail trial of former Prime Minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on charges of leaking state secrets.
Due to security concerns, a special court had been overseeing the trial in jail since Khan’s indictment last month. Presently, Khan is held in Adiala jail following his indictment by the special court on October 23.
Naeem Panjutha, the lawyer, announced on social media platform X, “The Islamabad High Court has deemed the notification for the jail trial as unlawful.”
The decision was reached by a division bench comprising Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb and Justice Saman Riffat Imtiaz, who delivered the verdict they had earlier reserved on the intra-court appeal filed by the PTI chief against his jail trial.
A concise order has been issued by the IHC, with a detailed verdict to follow at a later time.
Following the ruling, it appears that the entire course of court proceedings held in jail has been invalidated.