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Imran Khan’s Guilty Verdict: Impact on Pakistan’s Economy and Political Landscape

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Detailed Court Judgment Highlights Economic, Diplomatic, and Political Consequences of Imran Khan’s Leaking of Secret Cable

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan faces a significant setback as a special court convicts him of leaking state secrets, resulting in a 10-year jail sentence and disqualification from holding any public office for a decade. The detailed court judgment, issued after the guilty verdict, emphasizes the detrimental effects of Khan’s actions on Pakistan’s economy, politics, and diplomacy.

The judgment states, “It is evident that Pakistan has faced serious economic, diplomatic, and political consequences due to the offences committed by accused Imran Ahmed Khan Niazi,” underscoring the adverse impact on national security and the overall weakening of the country’s economy.

Imran Khan, 71, is found guilty on four counts under the Official Secrets Act for mishandling, misusing, and tampering with a secret diplomatic cable from Pakistan’s ambassador in Washington to the Islamabad government. The leaked cable has been a source of controversy, with Khan alleging a conspiracy by the military and the U.S. government to topple his government in 2022.

The conviction adds to Khan’s legal challenges, as he had already been sentenced to three years in a corruption case, with a suspended sentence, and 14 years on graft charges, rendering him ineligible for the upcoming general elections.

Critics argue against the judgment’s validity, with Imran Khan’s lawyer stating, “This judgment is full of faults” and expressing confidence that it wouldn’t withstand scrutiny in a higher court.

As Pakistan navigates economic recovery under a $3 billion International Monetary Fund bailout, the political stability becomes paramount, making the upcoming general election on February 8 a crucial turning point for the nation’s future. The conviction’s ripple effects echo the complex interplay of politics, corruption charges, and military influence in Pakistan’s democratic landscape. – The Blaze Times

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