Pakistan High Court suspends Conviction of Ex-PM Imran Khan

In a court's decision yesterday, a sedition lawsuit against the former prime minister was dismissed, which is good news for the leader who is under fire.

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Islamabad High Court Halts Conviction of Ex-Pakistan PM Imran Khan

Imran Khan was found guilty in the Toshakhana case, however the Islamabad High Court has temporarily halted that sentence. Khan, who was sentenced to three years in prison for allegedly selling official gifts illegally while serving as prime minister from 2018 to 2022, has been detained since August 5. His conviction was overturned. According to the country's election authority, this punishment also disqualified him from running in elections for five years.

Appeal for Justice

In an appeal filed with the Islamabad High Court, the 70-year-old former cricket great asked to have his three-year term for corruption suspended. He asserted that he was denied the right to a suitable defense during his trial, which made his conviction unjustifiable.

Election Outlook

In a recent development, a Pakistani court dismissed a sedition case against Khan, providing relief to the beleaguered leader. Apart from the corruption and sedition charges, Khan faces a range of allegations, including terrorism and incitement of attacks on state institutions following incidents where his supporters targeted military and government facilities in May. Additionally, he is charged with abetment to murder in relation to the killing of a Supreme Court lawyer in June.

Anticipated to occur in November, the general election in Pakistan is likely to be postponed until at least the early months of the following year.

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