Imran Khan, Former Pakistan PM, and Ex-Foreign Minister Sentenced to 10 Years for Leaking State Secrets

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and ex-Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi have been sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges of leaking diplomatic correspondence. The case stems from allegations that Khan disclosed a document hinting at a foreign conspiracy to oust his government, a claim he attributes to the US and which the US denies. The legal proceedings took place in Adiala Jail, where Khan is currently detained for other cases. His lawyer has expressed intent to appeal the conviction, criticizing the hastiness and conduct of the trial.

  • Imran Khan and former Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi were sentenced to 10 years in prison for leaking diplomatic correspondence.
  • The allegations involve a document Khan claimed detailed a foreign conspiracy to remove him from power, which he linked to the US, an accusation the US rejects.
  • The trial took place in Adiala Jail, where Khan is already detained on separate charges.
  • Khan’s conviction occurred ahead of general elections scheduled for February 8th, with his lawyer suggesting the timing is intended to affect Khan’s election prospects.
  • The prosecution and conviction were criticized for the expedited nature of the trial, with Khan’s lawyer claiming advocates were excluded from the proceedings.
  • Imran Khan’s lawyer plans to appeal the conviction in the Islamabad High Court and is optimistic about overturning the verdict.
  • Khan is not receiving special treatment in jail and the legal situation impacts his ability to participate in the upcoming elections.
  • Political victimization is highlighted as a recurrent issue within Pakistan’s legal system, with Khan’s lawyer urging an end to such practices.
  • Khan has faced multiple criminal cases since his ousting, with charges ranging from sedition to corruption.
  • Khan has shown a positive response to the idea of legal and judicial reform if he were to return to power.

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