Skip to content

Pakistani Ex-PM Imran Khan Sentenced to 10 Years Jail

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was sentenced today to 10 years in jail, ahead of the upcoming elections on Feb. 8, for having exposed the United States’ 2022 attempt to pull off a so-called regime change in Pakistan. A spokesman for his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf {PTI) party stated, as quoted by AFP: “Former prime minister Imran Khan and PTI vice-president [Shah Mahmood] Qureshi have been sentenced to 10 years each inside prison in the cypher case.”

The case involves the “cypher” sent in 2022 by Pakistan’s US ambassador that reported pressure from Washington to force Khan from office if he didn’t toe the line on opposing Russia. Khan had gone public with the threat communicated from Washington, and Washington proceeded to condition military aid upon the removal of Khan.

The sentencing also eliminates Khan from elections that would likely have reinstalled him in office, due to his wide support amongst the population. Prior to this sentencing, the campaign had seen heavy suppression of the PTI.

Khan, according to RT, stated that the legal case “is being completed in violation of constitutional requirements and legal regulations…. This is not a trial but a fixed match [the] outcome of which was predetermined.” The PTI statement noted that “there can be no more ridiculous case than the cipher…. What can be more ridiculous than that Pakistan has imprisoned its prime minister and foreign minister for exposing the foreign conspiracy!”