Islamabad, Pakistan – January 31, 2024
Former Pakistani Prime Minister “Imran Khan,” along with his wife “BushraBibi,” has been handed a 14-year jail term in connection with an illegal selling case involving state gifts, as announced by his “political party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI),” on Wednesday.
The verdict also includes a “10-year disqualification from holding any public office,” according to PTI’s media team.
This sentencing by an anti-graft court in Islamabad follows closely on the heels of a 10-year jail term imposed on Khan just a day prior, where he was convicted of disclosing state secrets. These legal setbacks come merely a week before the upcoming national elections, adding a layer of complexity to the political landscape.
Notably, this isn’t the first time Imran Khan has faced legal repercussions. In August of the previous year, another court sentenced him to three years in prison for the unauthorized sale of gifts valued at over 140 million rupees ($501,000) that were in state possession and acquired during his premiership from 2018 to 2022.
The latest verdict is a continuation of the same matter, following an investigation by the “National Accountability Bureau (NAB),” Pakistan’s top “anti-graft body.” The NAB had also implicated Khan’s wife in this particular case.
While Khan’s earlier three-year sentence was temporarily suspended, he remains incarcerated due to ongoing legal entanglements. Imran Khan maintains that he legally acquired the state gifts, countering government officials’ claims that his aides sold the gifts in Dubai.
As the political landscape in Pakistan continues to evolve amid these legal challenges, the former Prime Minister finds himself navigating a complex web of judicial decisions, just days before the nation heads to the polls.