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ISLAMABAD: A high-ranking Supreme Court official, Justice Sardar Tariq Masood, withdrew from the in-chamber hearing on Tuesday of petitions calling for an investigation into the US cypher – the cable that is said to contain threats to depose the government of Imran Khan.

The Supreme Court held the hearing on the appeals related to the matter on Tuesday. During the hearing, Justice Masood recused himself from the case, and the petitions were subsequently sent back to Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial.

Former Prime Minister Khan, during a public event with members of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party on March 27, 2022, had displayed a piece of paper, claiming it was evidence of a “international scheme” aimed at overthrowing his government.

Justice Masood stated that the Chief Justice should appoint another judge to hear the in-chamber appeal requesting an investigation into the US cypher. The registrar’s office then returned the petitions, raising several objections.

The petitions were filed by lawyers Zulfiqar Ahmed Bhutta, Syed Tariq Badar and Naeemul Hassan. Lawyer Bhutta originally filed a petition in the Supreme Court under Article 184(3) of the Constitution, identifying the federation of Pakistan and the law secretary as respondents.

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