Imran Khan, Former Pakistani Prime Minister, Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Revealing State Secrets

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has been handed a significant blow as he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the revelation of state secrets. Khan, a renowned cricket star turned politician, has been embroiled in a series of legal battles since his ouster from office in April 2022. This latest conviction comes as a severe blow to Khan’s political career, which has already been marred by a three-year prison term in a graft case.

Khan’s deputy, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, also faced the same fate, receiving a 10-year prison sentence alongside the former prime minister. The court’s decision has sent shockwaves through Khan’s party and supporters, who had feared that he could face even more severe consequences, including the possibility of a death sentence for treason.

The case against Khan revolves around a document he brandished during a rally after his removal from office, which has now been dubbed the “cipher.” While Khan did not disclose the exact contents of the document, it was classified and considered confidential, making its public display a breach of national security. The former prime minister alleged that the document provided evidence of a U.S. conspiracy against him, involving forces within Pakistan. However, both Washington and Pakistani officials have vehemently denied these allegations.

Since Khan’s arrest in May 2023, Pakistan has witnessed violent demonstrations, prompting authorities to crack down on his supporters and party. In response to Tuesday’s judgment, Khan took to social media to express his discontent, addressing his supporters and dismissing the trial as a fabrication built on lies, bullying, conspiracy, and deceit.

This ruling comes just weeks before parliamentary elections scheduled for February 8, in which Khan is barred from running due to his previous criminal conviction. Despite his absence from the ballot, Khan remains a potent political force in the country, thanks to his grassroots following and anti-establishment rhetoric. He alleges that the multiple legal cases against him are part of a larger plot to sideline him ahead of the crucial vote.

Khan and Qureshi have the right to appeal the court’s decision, according to authorities. The “cipher” case is just one of over 150 cases filed against Khan, ranging from contempt of court to terrorism and inciting violence.

As this story continues to develop, we are reaching out to representatives of the Pakistani government for comment on the ruling and Khan’s claims regarding the case. Newsweek remains committed to challenging conventional wisdom and uncovering connections in the pursuit of common ground.

 

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