July 15, 2024

Sentenced for corruption and imprisoned on Saturday, formally excluded on Tuesday by the Electoral Fee from any participation within the elections for 5 years, the previous Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan sees his political future darken, though he’s the politician hottest within the nation.

Former playboy, star and world cricket champion in 1992 earlier than changing to politics and turning into Prime Minister, Imran Khan sees his political future darken slightly extra.

Pakistan’s parliament is to be dissolved on Wednesday August 9 so as to give delivery to an interim authorities led by technocrats liable for overseeing the subsequent elections, the dates of which have but to be decided and which might be delayed. They need to nevertheless happen with out Imran Khan, but the preferred politician within the nation.

The 70-year-old former prime minister was sentenced to 3 years in jail on Saturday for corruption. He was instantly arrested at his residence and imprisoned. On Tuesday, his legal professionals appealed the conviction. If it isn’t canceled, it’ll forestall him from standing for election.

Imran Khan was additionally formally barred on Tuesday by the Electoral Fee from taking part in elections for 5 years.

Prosecuted in additional than 200 circumstances

Accused of getting acquired, when he was in energy, presents whose worth he underestimated earlier than reselling them at a excessive worth, the previous cricket champion believes that these lawsuits are motivated by political concerns aimed toward forestall him from representing himself.

Imran Khan has been prosecuted in additional than 200 circumstances since leaving energy in early April 2022, following a movement of no confidence. Anybody convicted of a felony offense is mostly excluded from elections or holding workplace.

The previous cricketer loved robust fashionable help when he got here to energy in 2018, however analysts consider it was solely with the blessing of the nation’s highly effective generals, with whom he fell out within the months main as much as his ousting.

Arm wrestling with the military

After being ousted from energy, he launched into a dangerous marketing campaign of defiance of the army, accusing it of interfering in home politics and even naming an intelligence official because the origin of an assassination try towards him in November.

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Since then, Imran Khan has continually pressured the federal government to announce snap elections by organizing mass rallies and eradicating his MPs from parliament, however his maneuver in the end failed.

Imran Khan’s arrest and transient detention in Could in the identical corruption case that earned him his latest conviction sparked days of typically violent protests, with unprecedented anger directed on the army.

The duel between Imran Khan’s immense reputation and the military’s huge affect has intensified with a large crackdown that has undermined his energy on the streets. Hundreds of his supporters and leaders of his occasion, PTI (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, or Pakistan Justice Motion) have been arrested and are to look earlier than a army court docket.

With AFP