Imran Khan received a three-year prison sentence in Pakistan.

A court sentenced Imran Khan, a former Pakistani prime minister, to three years in prison for illegally selling official goods, and police detained him in the eastern city of Lahore.

The former cricketer-turned-politician, 70, was accused of exploiting his position as prime minister from 2018 to 2022 to buy and sell items brought back from visits abroad that were valued at more than 497,500 ($140,000,000) in Pakistani rupees.

The judge concluded in his ruling that the man’s dishonesty had been established beyond a shadow of a doubt. He was found to have committed corrupt conduct by knowingly and wilfully hiding the benefits he received from the public coffers.

A 100,000-rupee ($355) fine is part of the judgment; failure to pay it could result in an additional six months in jail.

According to Khan’s lawyer, Intezar Panjotha, police detained Khan at his Lahore home. According to Pakistani media, police were spotted enclosing his home after the verdict was made.

Panjotha continued, “We are petitioning the top court to overturn the ruling.

Khan urged his supporters to demonstrate in the streets in a video that was shot before his detention and broadcast on the social networking site X, formerly known as Twitter.

I’ll only approach you with one request or plea. You can’t just sit around your house doing nothing. Not for myself, but for my nation and for you, I’m fighting.

According to the speaker, if you fail to fight for your rights, you’ll live as a slave, and slaves don’t have lives.

In the tweet, Khan made reference to the “London Plan,” the term he uses to refer to a rumoured plan to remove Khan from politics involving the current army chief General Asim Munir and the three-time prime minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, who has been living in exile in London since 2019. He has yet to provide any evidence that it actually exists.

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