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Islamabad High Court Suspends Ex-PM Imran Khan's 3-year Sentence in Toshakhana case

Islamabad High Court Suspends Ex-PM Imran Khan’s 3-year Sentence in Toshakhana case

Islamabad High Court Suspends Ex-PM Imran Khan’s 3-year Sentence in Toshakhana case

In a significant development, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) has suspended the sentence of former Prime Minister Imran Khan, allowing him to be released from imprisonment. A bench of Chief Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri pronounced the verdict on Tuesday. The news was confirmed by Naeem Haider Panjotha, a close aide of Imran Khan, who shared the update on social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter).

Panjotha said the chief justice accepted his plea, allowing the sentence to be suspended, and indicated that more detailed details would be given soon. The judges’ decision came after deliberations began on Monday, based on an appeal by Imran Khan’s legal team to set aside the three-year sentence handed down by Judge Humayun Dilawar earlier this month.

The legal saga began on 5 August when a trial court in Islamabad found Imran Khan guilty, resulting in a three-year prison sentence. The verdict not only sentenced Khan to imprisonment, but also banned Khan from engaging in political activities and participating in general elections for a period of five years.

Supreme Court probe and jail conditions revealed amid Imran Khan’s ongoing legal battle

Recent developments have also seen the Supreme Court of Pakistan considering the matter. Last week, the Supreme Court criticized the trial court’s decision, raising concerns over the speed of the proceedings and the lack of proper defense for the accused.

A separate report submitted to the Supreme Court highlights the conditions of Imran Khan during his stay in the Attock jail. Notably, they were provided with special dietary options, including desi chicken and mutton cooked in ghee, served twice a week. His cell accommodation included essential amenities like mattress, pillows, a table, a chair and an air cooler. Additionally, they had access to select reading materials, including copies of the Holy Quran with English translations, books on Islamic history, and newspapers.

As Imran Khan’s legal journey continues, the nation is closely following further developments in this high-profile case.
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