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Imran Khan Of Pakistan Still Disqualified From Voting After Failed Appeal – Legal Counsel.

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Imran Khan Of Pakistan Still Disqualified From Voting After Failed Appeal - Legal Counsel.

(CTN News) – Imran Khan, the former prime minister of Pakistan, has been dealt a blow in his bid to contest elections as a court has rejected his plea to suspend a previous conviction.

This decision comes just before the deadline to submit nomination papers for the upcoming provincial and national assembly elections on February 8th.

Khan, a 70-year-old former cricket star, has been embroiled in a political crisis since his removal from office through a parliamentary no-confidence vote in April 2022.

He was subsequently imprisoned on August 5th after being found guilty of unlawfully selling state gifts during his tenure as prime minister from 2018 to 2022. Imran Khan maintains his innocence and claims that the charges against him are politically motivated.

This conviction has resulted in his disqualification from participating in elections for a period of five years. Khan’s lawyer and spokesman on legal affairs, Naeem Haider Panjutha, confirmed that the request to suspend the decision in the criminal case has been rejected, thereby upholding the disqualification.

However, Khan’s political party, Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), plans to challenge this decision in the Supreme Court on Friday.

On December 13, Imran Khan pleaded not guilty to charges of disclosing state secrets, tarnishing his reputation and raising doubts about his trustworthiness. This diminishes his prospects of running for election again. The charges stem from making public a classified cable, raising concerns about his handling of sensitive information and breaches of national security.

Khan’s focus will shift from campaigning to defending himself in court, impacting his ability to connect with voters and rally support. The ongoing proceedings will dominate media coverage, overshadowing Khan’s campaign and potentially eroding public trust in his leadership.

Meanwhile, Khan’s primary rival, Sharif, will use Imran Khan’s legal troubles to present himself as a more reliable candidate. Sharif’s party will highlight Khan’s indictment as evidence of incompetence and inability to safeguard national secrets.

As the election nears, Imran Khan faces an uphill battle to regain public confidence and convince voters he is still viable. He must mount a robust defense and work tirelessly to regain trust, emphasizing his transparency and commitment to national security.

However, even if Imran Khan successfully defends himself, the damage to his reputation and the advantage gained by Sharif may be difficult to overcome.

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