Retired Sindh High Court judge Shaikh Usmani said that the former Prime Minister of Pakistan and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) could be jailed for six months in the contempt of court case.

Shaikh Usmani said in an interview given to Pakistan’s news media Geo News, “If he is found guilty in this case, he will not be able to compete in any election for the next five years.”

A Pakistani court will consider contempt proceedings against Imran Khan on Tuesday, officials said. Reuters news.

Recently, former Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan was accused of threatening a police officer and a judicial magistrate. Based on the complaint, an FIR has already been filed in his name. He took three days anticipatory bail from the High Court on Monday to avoid further arrest.

Legal experts said, this issue could be a threat to Imran Khan. Although he has been campaigning for fresh elections ever since he was ousted from power, if he is found guilty, he will be declared ineligible to stand as a candidate in the next elections.

Addressing the judge involved in the case against the police chief and his aide, Imran Khan said in his speech, We will not spare you. We will file a case against you.

The use of anti-terrorism laws as a basis for prosecution of political leaders is not uncommon in Pakistan. Earlier, Imran Khan also used this law against opponents and critics of his government.

His political party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), however, dismissed the charges against him as politically motivated and said they were used to prevent him from leading anti-government rallies.

(23 Aug)