All eyes are on IHC as decision on Imran’s appeal of Toshakhana sentence about to be announced

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Imran Khan, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), filed a plea asking for the suspension of the three-year sentence he is now serving in the Toshakhana case. The Islamabad High Court (IHC) is likely to deliver its eagerly awaited decision on this appeal soon.

The Islamabad High Court had yesterday said that the verdict on former prime minister Imran Khan’s plea asking for the revocation of a three-year prison term in the Toshakhana case would be announced today [Tuesday] at 11 am.

Following the conclusion of the arguments from both parties, the IHC deferred its ruling on the case on Monday. The judgment was revealed on Tuesday (today).

Khan was detained on August 5 after being found guilty of “corrupt practices” in the Toshakhana, state gifts, case by a district and sessions court. The issue included the sale of items he had acquired from nations while serving as prime minister.

In the matter, he received a three-year jail sentence and a five-year ban.

The former prime minister was shifted to the Attock Jail, which dates back 100 years and is located on the outskirts of the ancient Attock city, around 60 kilometers (40 miles) west of the nation’s capital, Islamabad.

According to the assessment of Pakistan’s attorney general on Khan’s treatment at Attock Jail, he was housed in higher-class facilities. The report, which was created in accordance with Supreme Court directives, also stated that the former prime minister was receiving his preferred meals. He had a diet high in protein, which included chicken and mutton prepared in clarified butter.

The report also stated that Khan was permitted to use the hallway in front of his cell.

On Monday, the Balochistan High Court dismissed a sedition charge against Khan, providing him with respite.

According to the written order, “Judicial Magistrate (i), Quetta issued non-bailable warrants petitioner on March 9, 2023, without applying its judicial mind and without determining as to whether it can take cognizance of the offences in the absence of any authorization by federal or provincial governments.”

It further stated that the petitioner’s FIR and non-bailable arrest warrants were revoked since they had been issued illegally and had no legal standing.

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