Pakistan's former Prime Minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has been sentenced.
In a trial held today in a district and sessions court in the country, Khan was found guilty in the Toshakhana case, which includes charges of selling state gifts and concealing assets, while Judge Humayun Dilawar, who rejected the request for inadmissibility of the case made by Khan, announced that the former Prime Minister was sentenced to 3 years in prison.
"The charges of misdeclaration of assets against the PTI Chairman have been proved," Additional and Sessions Judge Dilawar said while announcing the verdict, adding that Khan was fined Rs 100,000 ($1,209). Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan was arrested at his Zaman Park residence in Lahore after the verdict was delivered.
Pakistan's former Prime Minister Imran Khan said he was awaiting the verdict on his arrest and that his party's workers must remain peaceful, determined and strong.
In his message calling on the people of Pakistan to take to the streets to save the future of their children and the country, Khan said, "We are at a decisive moment in history and a mafia is taking the decisions of the country. I appeal to all of you to come out today, freedom will not be handed to you on a platter. You have to work hard and fight for it. Throughout my time in politics, I have always made sure that my struggle is peaceful and within the framework of the constitution. What is being done today is not because I have broken any law, but because I have backed down from the haqeeqi azaadi tehreek."
Khan's government had fallen from power after a vote of no confidence in parliament in April last year.
Khan, who was on trial in the "al-Qadir" case on corruption charges, was arrested on May 9 while testifying before the Islamabad High Court.
Following Khan's arrest, his supporters took to the streets across the country, at least 11 people lost their lives and at least 290 people were injured in protests that turned violent. At least 2,500 people were detained during the demonstrations.
The Supreme Court described Khan's arrest as "unlawful" and ordered his "immediate release".
Source: Ihlas News Agency