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Imran Khan and Bushra Bibi Receive 14-Year Sentence in Toshakhana Case

In a significant development, former Prime Minister Imran Khan and his wife, Bushra Bibi, were sentenced to 14 years in prison on Wednesday in the Toshakhana reference case. This marks the third conviction for Khan, who was previously found guilty in the cipher case and another separate Toshakhana case.

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had filed a new reference against the couple last month, accusing them of retaining an undervalued jewelry set gifted by the Saudi crown prince. The accountability court in Islamabad indicted the couple earlier this month.

During Khan’s tenure as Prime Minister, he and his wife allegedly received a total of 108 gifts from various heads of state and foreign dignitaries. The verdict was delivered just eight days before the general elections scheduled for February 8, which the PTI is contesting without an electoral symbol amid a state crackdown.

The recent conviction is Khan’s third. A special court established under the Official Secrets Act sentenced Khan and his foreign minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, to 10 years in prison for breaching state secrets just a day prior. Earlier, on August 5, Khan was convicted in a separate Toshakhana case and sentenced to three years’ imprisonment. Although the Islamabad High Court initially suspended his sentence, a division bench later rejected Khan’s petition seeking to suspend the conviction.

According to the latest verdict, Khan and Bushra are prohibited from holding any public office for 10 years and are required to pay a fine of Rs787 million each. While Khan was present during the hearing, his wife did not appear before the court.

The hearing was conducted by Accountability Judge Mohammad Bashir at Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail, where Khan is currently incarcerated. After the verdict was announced, Bushra arrived at Adiala Jail to surrender to the authorities as per the court’s directives and was subsequently taken into custody by the NAB.

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