The Supreme Court of Pakistan has rejected a plea of Imran Khan, former Prime Minister and founder of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party. Imran filed a petition seeking annulment of the three-year sentence in the Toshakhana case. The Supreme Court of Pakistan rejected that application as the ‘necessary conditions’ were not met.
Pakistani media The Dawn reported that Imran Khan’s lawyer Sardar Latif Khosa made the application on December 11. Earlier, Imran’s lawyer had filed the same petition in the Islamabad High Court. But when the High Court rejected that application, Imran approached the Supreme Court. Then the Supreme Court also sent back the petition.
Sardar Latif Khosa said that the application was made under Article 185 of the Pakistani Constitution.
On August 5, Imran Khan was found guilty in the Toshakhana case (allegations of selling gifts from various countries and institutions in state archives). The District and Sessions Judge Court of Islamabad sentenced him to three years imprisonment. At the same time, the court declared Imran ineligible for election for five years.
Pakistan’s national elections are scheduled to be held on February 8 next year. Imran Khan approached the court against the judgment of the Toshakhana case because of his desire to participate in that election.
Imran Khan lost the prime ministership in April last year after losing a no-confidence vote brought by opposition parties in Parliament. Then hundreds of cases were filed against him. Imran Khan is now in Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail after being convicted in several cases including corruption.