Pak court suspends 14-year jail term of Imran Khan and his wife in Toshakhana corruption case

Islamabad: In a major relief to jailed former Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan, a high court on Monday suspended the 14-year sentence given to him and his wife Bushra Bibi in the Toshakhana corruption case.

The two were sentenced to 14 years in jail each by an accountability court on January 31 for alleged corruption in state gifts they got from the state depository, days before the general elections.

They challenged the conviction in the Islamabad High Court where a two-member bench headed by IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq heard the case.

The Toshakhana corruption case pertains to the accusations against Khan for illegally selling state gifts, which he received during his tenure as the Prime Minister.

Toshakhana, which means ‘treasure house’ in Persian, is governed by rules that allow government officials to keep the gifts by paying a price for them. However, in any case, the officials are required to deposit the gift first.

Khan is charged with illegally selling the gifts, worth more than Rs 140 million, received during his 2018-2022 premiership. According to the charges, the gifts were sold by Khan in Dubai and included perfumes, diamond jewellery, dinner sets, and seven watches. Six of the watches are Rolexes, among which the most expensive one is a “Master Graff limited edition” valued at Rs 85 million.

On Bushra Bibi’s conviction, Khan’s Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) had said that she had no link to the case and her conviction was only an effort to further pressurise the former Prime Minister.
Since his removal from power, Khan has been convicted in at least four cases, including the cipher case. It revolves around a diplomatic document sent by the Pakistan embassy in March 2022. Khan and his former Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi are accused of mishandling the document for political reasons.
Khan was ousted through a vote of no-confidence in April 2022.