Ex-Pakistan PM Imran Khan acquitted in state secrets case, but to stay in jail

Ex-Pakistan PM Imran Khan acquitted in state secrets case, but to stay in jail

Imran Khan’s lawyer and his party announced on Monday ( Jun 3 ) that a high court in Pakistan had overturned his conviction for leaking state secrets, but he will remain in jail until then because of a conviction in another case.

A lower court had given Khan, 71, a 10-year prison sentence for allegedly making people a defined cable that Pakistan’s ambassador in Washington sent to Islamabad in 2022. He has been incarcerated since August of last year.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Khan’s foreign secretary during his career from 2018 to 2022, was likewise acquitted of the fees, in what is a big win for the imprisoned leader.

” Bless God, the word is reversed”, a spokeswoman for constitutional affairs from Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek- e- Insaf group, Naeem Panjutha, said in a post on the X social media platform.

Khan, who had previously been in Moscow simply before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, claimed the defined cable provided proof that the Pakistani military and US government were planning to overthrow their government in 2022. Washington and Pakistan’s military claim that claim.

One of the four cases in which Khan was found guilty just before the February federal election in Pakistan was held was the state techniques situation. In two more recent circumstances, he has since had his sentence suspended while appealing.

But despite Monday’s conviction, Khan, a former baseball star, may remain in prison serving a seven- time word over another case relating to his marriage to his second wife, Bushra Khan, which contravened Muslim traditions.

” We may enjoy this victory”, another one of his doctors, Ali Zafar, said in a TV meeting, adding that the other circumstances faced by Khan may result in prosecutions too.

A Pakistani court delayed a decision last week regarding Khan and his wife’s appeal against their conviction in the marriage case.

According to journalist and political analyst Mazhar Abbas,” It’s a huge political and legal victory,” but it’s premature to say that Khan will be made public anytime soon.

Khan is also named as an accused in a number of other cases, including those involving allegations of inciting state violence.

He has been at odds with the country’s powerful military, accusing it of targeting him and his party. Khan and his supporters have been charged with attacking state installations in violent protests against Khan’s initial arrest last year, but the military denies this.

Khan and his party, the Pakistan Tehreek- e- Insaf, were banned from contesting the February election, but candidates backed by the jailed leader still won the most seats. Instead, they were led by an alliance of his rivals led by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who did not have the numbers to form a government.