Pakistani PM Imran Khan Jailed for Three Years

From the formation day of Pakistan till now, there’s not been a single Prime Minister within the nation who has accomplished their five-year time period tenure.

Former Prime Minister Imran Khan was sentenced to a few years in jail on August 5, 2023, for the Toshakhana case. The chief and founding father of the Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) celebration had been arrested on costs of concealing illicit beneficial properties by promoting state presents from the Toshakhana.

The Toshakhana is a authorities division of the Cupboard Division whose most important goal is to retailer the presents acquired by authorities and public functionaries from the heads of different governments and overseas dignitaries and delegates. Mr. Khan was apprehended for purchasing a number of presents and promoting them for revenue throughout his misuse of his tenure from 2018 to 2022. It’s estimated that the presents are value greater than Rs 140 million, which features a prized Holy Kaaba version Graff watch given to him by the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman.

The Islamabad trial courtroom has additionally fined Mr. Khan 1 Lakh Pakistani rupees, barring him from holding any public workplace and disqualifying him from electoral politics for 5 years. This case was filed by the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) for hiding the small print relating to the Toshakhana presents in opposition to cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan.

Although the political head was approved to purchase the presents from Toshakhana and in addition proceed with their gross sales, the primary situation that arises is the failure to tell the Election Fee of Pakistan relating to the advantages that had been made by him beneath these gross sales.

“The cost in opposition to the accused has efficiently been confirmed that the accused has dedicated the offence of corrupt practises by making and publishing false statements / declarations in respect of property acquired by the use of presents from Toshkhana,” the Trial Court docket held of their judgement. He’s convicted beneath Part 174 of the Election Act, 2017.

The 70-year-old chief was not current through the proceedings of the trial. He was arrested by the police at his residence in Lahore on Saturday.

Historical past of Pakistani Leaders Arrest

History of Pakistani Leaders Arrest
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The previous Prime Minister is just not the one chief within the historical past of Pakistan who fell from grace after shedding the favour of the army. Hussain Shaheed Suhrawardy, a Bengali politician who served as a fifth Prime Minister from 1956 to 1957, was additionally arrested after the primary coup by the army beneath martial legislation.

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the ninth prime minister of the nation, was additionally overthrown and later arrested in one other army coup on costs of conspiracy to homicide a political opponent. He was later convicted and sentenced to demise by hanging in 1979.

The nation’s solely lady prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, served twice however failed to finish her tenure every time and was additionally arrested on a number of events. She was first put beneath home arrest in 1985 and once more in 1986. A number of warrants had been later issued in opposition to her between 1998 and 1999.

Equally, former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was additionally arrested in 1999 and positioned beneath home arrest by Basic Pervez Musharraf. He was later faraway from the Prime Minister’s place by the Supreme Court docket for corruption costs, for which he acquired seven years in jail. He went to London for medical remedy on bail however by no means returned.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, the twenty first Prime Minister of Pakistan, was additionally arrested in 2019 for the Liquified Pure Fuel corruption case, for which he was later granted bail.

On Could 9, 2023, Imran Khan was additionally charged with the corruption case, for which he was launched after the intervention of the Supreme Court docket, however now one other situation has ousted him from politics altogether.

Response within the Nation

Protest in Pakistan
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In a pre-recorded message, Chairman Imran Khan mentioned, “My arrest was anticipated, and I recorded this message earlier than my arrest. It’s yet another step in fulfilling the London Plan, however I need my celebration staff to stay peaceable, steadfast, and powerful. We bow earlier than nobody however Allah, who’s Al-Haq. We imagine in La illaha Ilallah.”

Omar Ayub Khan, secretary normal of PTI, tweeted, “Imran Khan’s legal professionals have been denied a gathering with their consumer to get signatures on ‘Energy of Legal professional’ paperwork to allow them to signify Imran Khan in courtroom as his legal professionals. This can be a primary proper for any prisoner. That is completely shameful and should be condemned within the strongest phrases!”

There’s a protest surging in Pakistan, and it’s but to be seen how the federal government of Shehbaz Sharif will deal with this case, particularly within the ongoing occasion of the dissolution of Pakistan’s Nationwide Meeting on August 9.