Was Asad Umar Arrested In Cipher Case?

Former finance minister gets pre-arrest bail in cipher case

Was Asad Umar Arrested In Cipher Case?
Caption: Former finance minister Asad Umer - File photo

Former federal planning minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Asad Umar refuted reports on Tuesday that he had been arrested by the Federal Investigation Agency in the Cipher case.

Meanwhile, he secured pre-arrest bail in the case.

Speaking to a Geo News reporter outside a court in Islamabad, Umar said reports of his arrest were incorrect.

Instead, he said that he had twice appeared before the FIA to record his statement and answer questions in the investigations.

He was confident that they would be cleared in the probe.

Pre-arrest bail

Meanwhile, Asad Umar has been granted pre-arrest bail by the Official Secrets Act court on the cipher issue.

He argued that the case was politically motivated to harass and blackmail him.

Umar further argued that the case against him is baseless and that he has been charged under incorrect sections of the law.

He told the court of his readiness to depose before the inquiry agency and cooperate with investigators.

The Official Secrets Act Court approved his bail until August 29 against a Rs100,000 surety.