By Virat Kohli
Jan 30, 2024
Imran Khan, the former Cricketer and Prime Minister of Pakistan, faced further hardship and was sentenced to 10 years in jail in the cipher case.
According to Pakistani media reports, his close associate Shah Mahmood Qureshi has also been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Judge Zulkarnain, from the Official Secrets Act Court, pronounced the ex-PM guilty at Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi; Imran Khan is incarcerated in a separate case.
Imran Khan, accused of violating the Official Secrets Act, revealed details from a confidential cipher sent by the Pakistan Embassy in Washington in March, reportedly losing the diplomatic cable.
Imran Khan and Shah Mahmood Qureshi alleged a US cable threat to overthrow the ruling PTI government in Pakistan.
In April 2022, Imran Khan faced a no-confidence vote, leading to his removal as Prime Minister. Over 150 cases have been filed against him post-dismissal. His political future remains uncertain.
Last August, Imran Khan, Pakistan's ex-PM, was convicted in the Toshkhana case, receiving a three-year prison term, a five-year election ban, a 1 lakh PKR fine, and subsequent arrest.