In a significant development, the Islamabad High Court has suspended the conviction and three-year sentence of former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in the Toshakhana corruption case. The announcement came from a division bench led by Chief Justice Aamir Farooq and Justice Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri, following the reserved verdict.
The legal proceedings took a turn on Monday when the Islamabad High Court reserved its decision on Imran Khan’s plea, where he challenged his conviction related to the Toshakhana corruption case. Notably, the case revolved around accusations that the 70-year-old leader, who transitioned from being a cricketer to a politician and chaired the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, unlawfully sold state gifts that were accumulated by him and his family during his tenure from 2018 to 2022.
Earlier, a trial court in Islamabad had found three-year prison term on August 5. Additionally, the verdict had also barred him from participating in politics for five years, effectively preventing him from competing in any upcoming elections.
With this recent development, Imran Khan’s legal battle has taken a new direction having a potential to affect the political landscape of Pakistan.