Former Prime Minister and Chairman Tehreek-e-Insaaf, Imran Khan, has been arrested at his residence in Lahore, Pakistan, as confirmed by his lawyer Intazar Hussain Panjutha. This arrest follows the recent sentencing of Imran Khan to a 3-year jail term by a Pakistani court for his involvement in the illegal sale of state gifts, a case commonly referred to as the “toshakhana” case.

The 70-year-old cricketer-turned-politician was found guilty of misusing his position from 2018 to 2022 to buy and sell gifts in state possession, worth more than 140 million Pakistani rupees ($635,000). The toshakhana case has stirred significant political debate in Pakistan, with Khan’s supporters claiming the charges are politically motivated.

The arrest and subsequent 3-year jail sentence mark a significant turning point in Khan’s political career, potentially hindering his chances of participating in the upcoming national elections. Legal experts and political analysts are closely monitoring the situation, as it may have far-reaching implications for the political landscape in Pakistan. The arrest has not yet sparked any major protests, but the situation remains tense, with security forces patrolling the area around Khan’s residence.

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