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IHC asks PM Imran not to disclose official secrets

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday asked PM Imran Khan not to disclose the details of the ‘threatening letter’.

Petitioner Muhammad Naeem Khan moved IHC to invoke the jurisdiction of the court under Article 199 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973 regarding the threatening letter issue.

In a written order, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah said the court is confident that as an elected prime minister, Imran Khan would not disclose any information or act in breach of section 5 of the Official Secrets Act, 1923, or violate the oath taken by him under the Constitution.

“We hope PM Imran would not public such document,” the IHC said in its judgment.

As per section 5 of the Official Secrets Act, 1923, no document in possession of a public office holder can be disclosed to a person other than to whom he is authorized to communicate it.

 “The court has trust and confidence that the worthy Prime Minister of Pakistan would not reveal any information which may be prejudicial to the national interest and national integrity of Pakistan nor that he would act in any manner that would have the effect of violating his oath.”

Shortly before the order, PM Imran Khan, according to sources, had said that a Pakistani envoy posted in a foreign country wrote the memo that he flashed on March 27 in a rally and termed it “threatening”.

The premier, while interacting with journalists, said the envoy had sent the letter to Pakistan after he met an official of a foreign country, according to sources.

PM Imran Khan said the memo was shared with the military leadership, according to sources, and mentioned that the tone used in the cable was “threatening”.

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