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Ex-PM Imran Khan has been arrested from his Zaman Park residence Big sad day for Imran

Pakistan’s former prime minister Imran Khan has been sentenced to three years imprisonment and disqualified from politics for five years.

PTI Chairman Imran Khan has been arrested from his Zaman Park residence shortly after the Islamabad sessions court sentenced him to three-year imprisonment and disqualified him for five years in the Toshakhana criminal case.

Islamabad SCP A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Yahya Afridi, Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi and Justice Musarrat Hilali conducted hearing of Imran Khan’s petition against the IHC order.

Imran Khan, Pakistan’s former prime minister, was reportedly arrested after a trial court on Saturday sentenced him to three years in prison for illegally selling state gifts, also known as the Toshakhana corruption case, and disqualified him from politics for five years.

Legal experts said a conviction in the case could end Khan’s chances of participating in national elections that have to be held before early November.

“Judge Humayun Dilawar announced that involvement in corrupt practices has been proven,” Pakistan TV said. Khan was not in court for the hearing, and the judge ordered his arrest.

The court imposed a fine of Rs100,000 on the Tehreek-e-Insaf chief, Dawn reported. Khan was indicted in the case on May 10 on a criminal complaint filed against him by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for concealing details of Toshakhana gifts.

During the hearing on Saturday, additional district and sessions judge Dilawar ruled that charges against the former prime minister in the case were proven.

“Imran Khan deliberately submitted fake details to the Election Commission of Pakistan and is found guilty of corrupt practices,” Dawn quoted the judge as saying who sent the PTI chief to jail for three years under Section 174 of the Election Act.

Dilawar also directed that a copy of the order should be sent to the Islamabad police chief for the execution of the court orders.

What is the corruption case in Toshakhana?

Imran Khan, 70, was found guilty in the Toshakhana case last year after the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) submitted a complaint after first finding him ineligible in the same case.

The decision was made a day after the Islamabad High Court (IHC) overturned a session court’s decision to preserve the maintainability of the Toshakhana case for Khan’s criminal prosecution.

After the ECP disqualified Khan on October 21, 2022, for making “false statements and incorrect declarations,” the Toshakhana controversy around the sale of state items acquired by the former cricketer-turned-politician became a significant topic in national politics.

Source PTI

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