Pakistan ex-PM Imran Khan hit with new 14-year jail sentence, a day after receiving 10-year term
Imran Khan, former PM of Pakistan, faces a fresh 14-year jail term for graft, a day after receiving a 10-year sentence for leaking state secrets.
Khan's wife, Bushra Bibi, is also sentenced to 14 years in jail for their involvement in the illegal sale of state gifts during his time in office.
The National Accountability Bureau imposed a fine of 1.5 billion Pakistani rupees ($5.3 million) on Khan and his wife, in addition to the jail terms.
Khan, a prominent figure in Pakistani politics, is barred from serving in office for 10 years as part of the punishment.
The charges and arrests are vehemently contested by Khan and his political party, PTI, claiming political motivations behind the legal actions.
Khan's ousting in 2022 is described by him and his supporters as a conspiracy involving Shehbaz Sharif and the United States, which both parties deny.
Tensions rose as Khan openly criticized Pakistan's powerful army, and supporters believe the U.S. sought his removal due to his longstanding criticism.
The upcoming general election is anticipated to have significant implications for Pakistan's political landscape.
The situation underscores a complex interplay of legal, political, and geopolitical factors in Pakistan's current scenario
Despite legal challenges, Khan urges his supporters to participate in the upcoming general election on February 8, emphasizing the importance of their votes.