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170 cases, 14 years jail: Why are Imran Khan’s hopes still alive, what is the connection with Nawaz Sharif?

Many feats have been happening in the politics of neighboring country Pakistan. There, the political desires or dreams of any political person do not end until his life ends. Nawaz Sharif is the biggest example of this. After being named in the Panama Papers, when he was jailed for 10 years in a corruption case just two weeks before the general elections in July 2018, it was discussed all over the world including Pakistan that now the political innings of former PM Nawaz Sharif is over but he Not only did he make a comeback in Pakistani politics, but after living in exile for four years, he has emerged as a strong contender to become the Prime Minister for the fourth time.

When Nawaz Sharif fell politically, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan emerged. Today, when Imran Khan is declining politically, Nawaz Sharif is rising again. Six years later, with less than two weeks left for the general elections, the fortunes of another former PM seem to have changed. Imran Khan has been convicted in three cases, in which he has been sentenced to up to 14 years in prison. Imran Khan is now facing political anonymity.

Punishment has been given in three cases
Yesterday (Wednesday), a court sentenced Imran Khan along with his wife Bushra Khan to 14 years in jail in the Toshakhana case. He has also been banned from being appointed to any post for 10 years. A day before that, on Tuesday, he along with former Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi was sentenced to 10 years in jail in a case of violation of privacy law. Last year, Khan was jailed for three years in a separate case related to Toshakhana.

According to law in Pakistan, any person found guilty of any crime is disqualified from contesting elections. However, all the decisions have been given by lower courts and Imran Khan has the option to approach higher courts. He is currently lodged in Attock District Jail of Rawalpindi. Due to court decisions, Khan has been ruled out of the general elections to be held on February 8.

Nawaz Sharif is the biggest example
This time the same is being said for Imran Khan that this is the beginning of the end of his political career, as was said for Nawaz Sharif in 2018, but till then no one’s political innings can be said to be over in Pakistan. Until his breathing stopped. Nawaz Sharif is the biggest example of this. However, in his absence, his brother Shehbaz Sharif and daughter Maryam Sharif led the party, but Imran Khan has proved to be inferior in this matter.

More than 150 leaders have left
Ever since Imran Khan’s troubles started, more than 150 leaders have left him. With Imran Khan behind bars, top leaders like Shireen Mazari and Fawad Chaudhary also left PTI. On May 9, 2023, when Khan was arrested outside the Islamabad High Court complex in a corruption case, PTI workers indulged in vandalism, violence and unrest in government buildings and military establishments across Pakistan. After that, hundreds of PTI members were detained or jailed, since then the process of workers leaving the party has also continued.

Imran Khan surrounded by lawsuits and crises
At present, about 170 cases including corruption and privacy violation are registered against Imran Khan across Pakistan. There are also allegations of attack on a military institute. It is clear from this that in the coming times he may be seen making rounds of the courts. On the other hand, the Election Commission has confiscated his election symbol ‘Balla’. His party has now been allotted the ‘Bottle’ election symbol. Due to this his identity as an alcoholic is being tarnished. Khan’s party is not even able to do any major campaigning during the elections. Sometimes he is able to address people only through social media.

Big role of army in Pakistan
When Imran Khan became Prime Minister in 2018, it was said that the army played a big role in his coronation. It is also true that the army has played a major role in Pakistan, from the transfer of power to the appointment of the Prime Minister. Imran Khan was once called the Blue Boy of the army but with time he came to be called Bug Bear. This bitterness came when Khan alleged that ISI officers had conspired to kill him. After this he lost his chair in 2022. Khan then alleged that the army played a role in removing him from the post of Prime Minister.

Khan hopes for a miracle
In 1987, 35-year-old Imran Khan announced his retirement from cricket after Pakistan’s semi-final exit in the World Cup. However, he later reversed his decision and returned as Pakistan captain in 1992 to help the team win its first ODI World Cup title. Shahid Afridi has also returned to Pakistan cricket after retirement.

Although it seems uncertain for Imran Khan’s political career at the moment but the return of Khan to the political pitch like 1992 in Pakistan politics cannot be ruled out as Nawaz Sharif is the biggest example who has made a surprising comeback. That is why it is said that no one is out in Pakistani cricket and politics until he dies.

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