AL-MASABAD – The notice to hold the prison trial of the former prime minister and leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in the cipher case was deemed invalid by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday.

The notification was sent out by the administration on August 29.

Judges Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb and Saman Riffat Imtiaz, who make up the IHC division bench, rendered the decision on the PTI chief’s intra-court appeal against his prison trial earlier in the day. The ruling was reserved.

In the Toshakhana case, the PTI chief’s sentence was suspended by the IHC on August 29. However, in the cipher case, jail authorities were instructed to detain the PTI chairman in “judicial lockup” by a special court established under the Official Secrets Act.
The PTI chief’s prison trial was announced by the law ministry on November 13, however the court declared that this notice was no longer relevant.

The stay against the trial court proceedings was granted on Monday by the IHC, and it was prolonged by one day. Arguments about the prison trial and the process for selecting a judge were heard by the court.

Salman Akram Raja, the PTI chief’s attorney, said before the division bench made up of Justices Miangul Hasan Aurangzeb and Saman Riffat that the process used to choose the judge was flawed.