In the Toshakhana case, former prime minister Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi were given 14-year sentences

This ruling was made just one day after the former prime minister of Pakistan was found guilty by another court of disclosing state secrets.

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According to Pakistan’s Geo News, Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi received a 14-year term with harsh punishment in the Toshakhana case. The decision was made one day after Khan was handed a ten-year prison sentence in connection with leaking state secrets, one week before the national elections. Bushra Bibi, Khan’s wife, had been detained throughout the trial. 2018 saw the couple get married, just before Khan was chosen to be prime minister. Whether Khan’s sentences were to be served concurrently or consecutively was not immediately apparent after the trial, which took place within the jail where he had been confined for the majority of the time since his arrest in August. In the case that is referred to as the “cypher case,” Khan was found guilty on January 30. The prison sentence handed down to Imran Khan and Shah Mahmood Qureshi in the matter of state document leaks, often known as the “cypher case,” was verified by a PTI spokeswoman and Pakistan’s official media.

He is charged with disclosing state secrets on March 27, 2022, during a public rally by brandishing a secret document known as the cypher. It is thought that the paper is a diplomatic letter between the foreign ministry in Islamabad and the Pakistani ambassador to Washington.

The Former Prime Minister is also accused of terrorism and inciting unrest

The former captain of the Pakistan men’s cricket team was the target of a no-confidence motion in April 2022, and he is presently serving a three-year prison sentence in Rawalpindi jail. He is still the subject of more than 150 outstanding cases. The former prime minister is also accused of terrorism, inciting unrest, and contempt of court.

Imran Khan claimed that the cases he was facing in court were a ploy to keep him out of the race before the election. Before Imran Khan’s imprisonment, media sources suggested that his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party might be outlawed if the former prime minister, the party’s founder, and other senior officials were found guilty in the cases involving the violent occurrences on May 9 and the breach of the Secrets Act in the cypher case.

In addition, the court barred Khan from holding any public office for a number of years prior to the parliamentary elections in Pakistan on February 8. The former prime minister was found guilty and punished so quickly, according to Khan’s attorney Babar Awan, that the court did not wait for the arrival of Khan’s legal team. Zulfiqar Bukhari, the chief spokesperson for Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, or PTI, also confirmed the conviction and sentencing.

The most recent event occurred three weeks after Khan and his spouse, Bushra Bibi, were charged with fraud for keeping gifts from the Saudi Arabian government, including watches and jewellery, according to the police.

The most recent court judgment dealt Khan yet another setback. When the allegations were read out in court earlier this month in the prison located in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, Muhammad, and Bibi entered a not guilty plea.

By: Gursharan Kaur

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