Islamabad High Court suspends Imran Khan’s priosn sentence

The Islamabad High Court has decided to suspend the prison sentence imposed on Imran Khan, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, in connection with a case of illegal sale of state gifts.

Imran Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi were sentenced to 14 years in prison in a landmark verdict on January 31. The Islamabad High Court yesterday said the couple’s sentence would be suspended pending a decision on the case after the Eid holiday, which begins in 10 days.

Imran Khan, 71, is accused of not disclosing assets based on the sale of state gifts worth more than 140 million rupees ($504,000) he received during his tenure as prime minister from 2018 to April 2022.

The case was brought by Pakistan’s anti-corruption agency, accusing Imran Khan and his wife of illegally selling gifts.

The sentencing disqualified the couple from running for public office for 10 years and fined them 787 million rupees ($2.8 million) each.