By Irum Saleem
How things will go from here on wards both for the PTI and it’s rivals after conviction of Imran Khan?
A special court established under the Official Secrets Act on Tuesday handed both former premier Imran Khan and ex-foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi 10 years in jail in the cipher case.
میرا خیال ہے کہ یہ پہلی دفعہ ہی ہوا ہے کہ ملزم کو دلائل دینے کا موقع بھی نہیں دیا گیا اور فیصلہ سنا دیا۔ یہ سب 8 فروری کو پاکستان تحریک انصاف کی انشا ءاللہ فتح سے ڈر کر کیا گیا ہے ۔ #ناانصافی_کا_بدلہ_ووٹ_سے pic.twitter.com/zVF7jal0zC— Moonis Elahi (@MoonisElahi6) January 30, 2024
The cipher case pertains to a diplomatic document that the Federal Investigation Agency’s charge sheet alleges was never returned by Imran. The PTI has long held that the document contained a threat from the United States to oust Imran as prime minister.
The verdict comes nine days before the February 8 general elections, which the PTI is contesting amid a state crackdown and without an electoral symbol.
Both Imran and Qureshi have been in jail in the run-up to the elections. While Imran’s candidature was rejected, Qureshi was cleared to run for an NA seat from Thar. But today’s conviction means that both of them have been disqualified from contesting elections for the next five years.
Social media was stormed by thousands of reaction after Khan was awarded 10 years rigorous imprisonment.
With lots of support coming for Mr Khan many believe that this conviction will not stand in the higher court because of fundamental flaws in the case.
#CipherCase:-One thing that is going to be remembered in a history that Imran Khan was removed for his brave stand against the super power just for the sovereignty of Pakistan.Once he said in 1996 that we don't bow down in front of humans.#ImranKhanPTI #ImranKhanPTI #صرف_10_سال pic.twitter.com/ypGSEg0BVq— Matin Khan (@matincantweet) January 30, 2024
They have given their decision today, and the public will response to it on 8th Feb.— Najam Ali | نجم علی🇵🇰🇵🇸 (@Najam7_) January 30, 2024
Dont be afraid, Allah is our helper, if we believe we will win.#صرف_10_سال | #عمران_خان_پر_ظلم_نامنظور#ناانصافی_کا_بدلہ_ووٹ_سےpic.twitter.com/d6rQTCryN2
Although the Feb 8 polls’ decision is obvious with Nawaz Sharif is current Ladla of the system, the PTI interestingly is still hoping to have some miracle.
So it’s a story of wati g for Godot? PAK DESTINY