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Govt. Plans to Prolong Imran Khan’s Imprisonment with New Cases: Rana Sanaullah

Islamabad: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s Adviser on Political and Public Affairs, Rana Sanaullah, confirmed that the federal government is planning to lodge new cases against the imprisoned Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder, Imran Khan, to extend his stay in prison.

Speaking on a private news channel, Rana Sanaullah emphasized the government’s intent to utilize all legal means to delay Khan’s release. He claimed that Imran Khan’s narrative and political agenda is aimed at destabilizing the country and spreading chaos and anarchy, “that’s why the government’s effort will be to keep the PTI founder in custody for as long as possible.”, he said.

Sanaullah’s statements came as he responded to questions regarding government strategies to prolong Khan’s imprisonment. He reiterated the government’s stance to act within the bounds of the Constitution and law, denying any intention to keep Imran Khan jailed “forcefully.”

Despite acknowledging the public mandate received by PTI in the general elections, Sanaullah criticized Iman for violating this mandate through violent protests, including attacks on courts and allegedly orchestrating the May 9 riots.

The district and sessions court is set to announce its verdict on Khan and his wife Bushra Bibi’s pleas seeking suspension of their sentence in the iddat case on June 27 at 3 pm.

Imran Khan, who was ousted as prime minister through a no-confidence motion in April 2022, which he said was brought on the U.S. directives, has faced multiple charges, including corruption and terrorism, since his removal. Despite being acquitted in several high-profile cases, such as the £190 million reference and Toshakhana, Imran Khan remains imprisoned due to his conviction in the iddat case.

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