5 Aug 2023

Imran Khan Arrested; Convicted And Sentenced To 3 Years In Toshakhana Case, Now Can't Contest Elections Fot 5 Years

Islamabad: Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan has been convicted in the Toshakhana case. The District and Sessions Court of Islamabad has sentenced Imran Khan to three years in jail. 

Imran Khan can appeal against this sentence in higher courts. The trial court judge issued an arrest warrant against former PM Imran Khan after he was convicted in the Toshakhana case. After this order, Imran Khan has been arrested from his house in Zaman Park, Lahore. 

Disqualified from contesting elections for 5 years

Preparations are being made to take him from Lahore to Islamabad. Imran Khan has also been disqualified from contesting elections for 5 years after being sentenced to three years.

Imran Khan was accused of abusing his position as prime minister during 2018 to 2022 and using his power to buy and sell government gifts. These gifts were received by Imran Khan during his foreign trips and were worth more than 140 million rupees ($635,000). 

After this, the trial court, after hearing, found Imran Khan guilty of hiding property and selling government gifts. However, Imran Khan's lawyers had already accused the trial court judge of being biased. In such a situation, there is a possibility of unrest in Pakistan once again.

At the time of the verdict, the court said - PTI chairman Imran had given wrong information to the Election Commission of Pakistan in the Toshakhana case. He was involved in corruption. The court had reserved the judgment till 12.30 pm after the hearing on Saturday. But even after this, when Imran did not reach the court, the judge pronounced the verdict.

Khan can challenge the order in HC

Now Imran Khan can challenge the decision of the trial court in the High Court. Before the verdict came, Khan had applied to the High Court and the Supreme Court for the hearing of the case. But both the courts had said that they would not interfere in it before the hearing is completed in the trial court.

Probe agency has also summoned wife Bushra Bibi

The Toshakhana case is going on in two ways. Apart from case against Imran, the anti-corruption agency is calling his wife Bushra Bibi for questioning, because it was Bushra who had given Toshakhana gifts worth crores of rupees for sale.

Bushra Bibi also has to appear before the probe agency. Till now, the investigating agency has given notice to Bushra to appear a total of 13 times, but she did not appear even once. After this, the investigating agency published an advertisement in the newspapers and said that if Bushra Bibi did not appear, a non-bailable warrant would be issued against her.

After this Imran filed a petition in the Lahore High Court. Said- My wife is a housewife and she has nothing to do with politics. Therefore, she should be given relief from questioning. 

What are the rules in Pakistan about gifts

According to the rules in Pakistan, the information about the gifts received by the Prime Minister, President or those on other posts in Pakistan has to be given to the National Archive. These have to be deposited in the Toshakhana. If the gift is worth 10,000 Pakistani rupees, then the concerned person can keep it without paying any money.

If the estimated value of the gift is more than Rs 10,000, then the gift can be kept by the person by paying 20% of the price. If there is a gift of more than 4 lakhs, then only Prime Minister or President can buy it. If no one buys then there is an auction.

It is alleged that Imran declared the price of gifts of crores as 5 lakhs or 7 lakhs. He purchased them at this price and then sold them at many times more than the declared price.

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