Pakistan’s former Prime Minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party chief Imran Khan and his party leader Shah Mahmood Qureshi have been sentenced to 10 years in prison. They have been sentenced in the Cipher case, according to Pakistani media Dawn.
Special court judge Abul Hasnat Zulkarnain gave the verdict in the presence of Imran Khan and Shah Mahmood Qureshi in Adiala jail in Rawalpindi on Tuesday.
National elections are scheduled to be held in Pakistan on February 8. Political analysts consider this verdict to be significant just before the elections.
A cypher case was filed against Imran Khan and Qureshi in August last year for allegedly violating the State Secrets Act.
Meanwhile, on December 22, the Election Commission of Pakistan stripped the PTI of its electoral symbol cricket, saying the party had violated the constitution and election laws during its internal organizational elections. Later, on January 11, a two-judge panel of the Peshawar High Court ordered PTI to allocate the cricket bat as an election symbol.
Former Pakistani cricketer Imran Khan was forced to step down from the post of Prime Minister in April 2022. Since then, this 71-year-old politician is facing one crisis after another. He is now serving a three-year prison sentence for selling undisclosed gifts from government coffers while in power. In the same judgment, the court also declared Imran ineligible for election for five years.
Today he was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in the cipher case.