How will Imran Khan's supporters respond

How will Imran Khan’s supporters respond?

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Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi have been sentenced to 14 years in prison. A special anti-corruption court of the country gave this verdict on Wednesday.

A day before this verdict, Imran was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in a separate case on Tuesday. And in another case last August, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran was sentenced to three years.

According to some analysts, such a verdict against Imran is expected by his party activists before the upcoming national elections. Such verdicts were passed against the former prime ministers of Pakistan, who were later released. However, the question is whether Imran’s workers-supporters lost their morale in this verdict or countered it through the ballot in February 8 elections.

Imran and Bushra were sentenced yesterday in a case filed by Pakistan’s anti-corruption agency National Accountability Bureau (NAB). The case, which was filed last month, alleged that Imran and Bushra bought gifts at low prices while in power. They were found guilty of buying a jewelry set gifted to him by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at a low price.

Pakistan’s judiciary has buried itself
Alima Khan, Imran Khan’s sister, reacting to the verdict
According to the verdict given yesterday, Imran and Bushra will not be able to perform any government duties for 10 years. In addition, the court fined Imran and Bushra 787 million Pakistani rupees. Bush was not present in court when the verdict was announced. However, after a while, he appeared in court and surrendered. “The justice system has buried itself.”
Reacting after the verdict, Imran’s sister Alima Khan said, “The judiciary has buried itself.”

PTI said, in just two days, all existing laws in Pakistan have been completely destroyed. The judicial system of the country is completely broken. Questioning the judicial system of the country, the party says that these judgments are politically motivated. The verdict will be challenged in the judicial court and will be appealed to the higher court.

In a post on X-A (formerly Twitter), the group said yesterday, Imran Khan and his wife have been subjected to yet another farce trial. They were not even given a chance to present their position in this farce trial.

Zahid Hussain wrote in an opinion column in the newspaper Dawn, “It is a shame that yet another former Prime Minister of Pakistan is being kept out of politics with a controversial and questionable trial.”
PTI leader Syed Zulfiqar Bukhari, questioning the legality of the judicial court, said that the verdict of Imran’s imprisonment will be another black day in the history of the judicial system of the country. He expressed hope that this sentence will be canceled in the high court.

PTI candidates are not getting equal opportunities
Around the election, PTI leaders and activists are being arrested across the country. The party complains that they are not getting equal opportunities in election campaigning. Nominations of their candidates have been canceled on frivolous grounds. All state institutions including law enforcement agencies are working for the government party in elections. The ruling party is making every effort to keep PTI away from the elections. Meanwhile, PTI leaders are participating in the election without the election symbol cricket bat in the case of allegations of irregularities in the party leadership election. They are not even able to elect as party candidates, they are electing as independent candidates.

PTI leaders and workers are being attacked at various places. PTI leader and independent candidate Rehan Zeb Khan was shot dead yesterday in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Earlier on Tuesday, four people were killed in a bomb blast outside a PTI rally in Quetta, Balochistan.

What do analysts say?
Pakistan’s political analyst and senior journalist Mazhar Abbas told Geo News that when the verdict is announced, there will be a discussion in political circles. Now the PTI leaders-workers-supporters lose their morale and enter the house, or go to the center on the election day and answer it through ballots, that is the question.

Political analyst Musharraf Zaidi has commented that it has become normal to sentence former prime ministers in such cases in Pakistan. He told Dawn that former Prime Ministers have been tried and sentenced in such cases before. Again after a certain time they have been acquitted from these cases.

Senior journalist Hamid Mir said, to those who keep track, this sentence of imprisonment against Imran and Bushra should not seem unexpected. It was expected that Imran Khan will be sentenced in various cases before the elections.

Author and journalist Zahid Hussain wrote in an opinion column in the newspaper Dawn, that another former prime minister of Pakistan is being kept out of politics with yet another controversial and questionable trial, which is shameful. Former Prime Minister Imran Khan had to accept the fate of his predecessors.

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