Former Pakistan PM Imran Khan barred from politics for 5 years

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Election watchdog order says Khan disqualified in line with his conviction for misdeclaration of assets.

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has been barred from politics for five years.

Khan, who was sentenced in a corruption case over the weekend, was disqualified in line with his conviction, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) said in an order on Tuesday.

“Imran Ahmad Khan Niazi is disqualified for a period of five years,” it said. Khan’s constituency would now stand vacant, it said.

Under Pakistani law, a convicted person cannot run for any public office for a period defined by the ECP.

“We knew this was inevitable,” Khan’s aide Zulfikar Bukhari told the Reuters news agency, saying the party will challenge the disqualification in high court. “We’re highly confident it will be reversed,” he said.

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