Imran Khan’s Conviction Sparks Political Upheaval: Integrity at Stake

Pakistan’s former prime minister, Imran Khan, and his close aide, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, have been sentenced to 10 years in prison in a case known as the cipher case. They were found guilty of leaking state secrets and the decision was announced by Judge Abu Hasnat Zulqarnain at the Adiala jail in Rawalpindi.

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The case involved an alleged diplomatic exchange between Washington and Islamabad, with Khan claiming it as evidence of a US plot to depose him as prime minister after he lost a no-confidence vote in 2022. The US officials denied the accusations, and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party rejected the court’s decision, announcing an appeal. The party claimed the prosecution was a political revenge, urging edge the judiciary to take notice of the court decision and that the cipher case was a drama made to target Khan and Qureshi. PTI also said that the legal team will appeal the sentence, and questioned the decision just before the upcoming elections.