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Pakistan: Former Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi arrested, booked under Official Secrets Act Shah Mahmood Qureshi
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Pakistan: Former Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi arrested, booked under Official Secrets Act

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 20 Aug 2023, 10:48 pm

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has arrested Pakistan's former minister and  PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi from his Islamabad residence and booked him under the Official Secrets Act, 1923.

He was arrested in a case pertaining to a diplomatic cypher.

The FIA is currently interrogating incarcerated PTI chief Imran Khan in the case related to the diplomatic cable that reportedly went missing from his custody and which he has for long presented as evidence of a “foreign conspiracy” to remove him as the prime minister, reports Dawn News.

The first information report (FIR) against Qureshi that surfaced today said Imran was also nominated in the case registered on August 15.

The FIR, a copy of which is available with Dawn News, was registered on the complaint of Ministry of Interior Secretary Yousaf Naseem Khokhar.

It invoked Sections 5 (wrongful communication of information) and 9 (attempt to commit or abet the commission of an offence under this Secrets Act) of the Official Secrets Act read with Section 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), reported the Pakistani newspaper.