Imran Khan, former prime minister of Pakistan, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison just days before the country’s general election, amidst claims of a conspiracy to sideline him. Khan, who was already barred from standing in the upcoming election, has been convicted of violating the Official Secrets Act by leaking diplomatic cables. His party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, denies the allegations and plans to appeal the conviction. Many analysts believe that the Pakistani authorities, particularly the military, aim to prevent Khan and his party from posing a significant challenge in the upcoming polls. The conviction of Khan’s former foreign minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, further adds to the political turbulence in Pakistan, leaving Nawaz Sharif, a three-time former prime minister, as a frontrunner in the elections.

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– Former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, has been convicted and sentenced to 10 years in jail, just days before the country’s general election.
– His party believes this is part of a campaign to sideline him and prevent a serious challenge in the upcoming election.
– This conviction comes after allegations that he violated state secrecy laws after waving a diplomatic cable at a public rally in 2022.
– Analysts believe that Khan’s removal from the race leaves his rival, Nawaz Sharif, as a favorite to return to power in the elections.
– Sharif was previously removed from office in 2017 and convicted of corruption, but the Supreme Court has cleared the way for him to run again.

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