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Pakistan Court To Resume Hearing On Former PM Imran Khan’s Plea In Toshakhana Case

The Toshakhana case was filed by ruling party lawmakers in 2022 in the ECP, alleging that Imran Khan concealed the proceeds from the sale of state gifts.

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan
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The Islamabad High Court will hear on Monday former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s plea seeking the suspension of his three-year jail term in the Toshakhana corruption case.

A trial court in Islamabad convicted and sentenced the 70-year-old Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman to three years in prison on August 5, PTI reported.

Khan was sentenced on charges of unlawfully selling state gifts acquired by him and his family during his 2018-2022 tenure. 

He has also been barred from politics for five years, preventing him from contesting an upcoming election.

Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice Aamir Farooq has been hearing Khan’s appeal against the trial court’s decision, the report mentioned.

The chief justice is scheduled to hear the final arguments on Monday, it said.

Last week, the Supreme Court acknowledged “procedural defects” in Khan's conviction but opted to wait for the IHC decision on the former prime minister's plea, the report said.

The case was launched last year in October on the complaint of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) which had earlier disqualified Khan in the same case.

After a hearing spanning over months, Judge Humayun Dilawar of the Islamabad-based sessions court on August 5 awarded a three-year sentence to Khan for hiding the proceeds he got from the sale of state gifts.

Khan within days challenged the conviction in the Islamabad High Court (IHC), seeking to suspend his sentence and overturn the judgment.

The court held the initial hearing on August 22 but adjourned the cases till August 24 after the ECP Lawyer Amjad Pervez stated that he had not been provided with the record of the case and needed time to prepare.

At the previous IHC hearing, the court had adjourned the case due to the absence of the ECP lawyer Pervaiz. It had led Khan's counsel Advocate Latif Khosa to express his dissatisfaction with the court, saying he would not appear at the next hearing, the report said.

Subsequently, IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq, who was presiding over the hearing and in whom the PTI chief has expressed a lack of confidence, had asserted he would decide on the matter on Monday “even if no one appears”, it said.

The Toshakhana case was filed by ruling party lawmakers in 2022 in the ECP, alleging that Khan concealed the proceeds from the sale of state gifts.

The ECP first disqualified Khan and then filed a case of criminal proceedings in a sessions court which convicted him and subsequently, Khan was sent to jail.

Khan is currently in Attock Jail following his arrest from his Lahore home.
        
 

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