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Imran Khan, the former Pakistani leader, has been banned from politics for 5 years

Pakistan’s Election Commission on Tuesday banned Imran Khan from holding public office for five years, days after he was arrested on corruption charges, in the latest setback for the embattled former prime minister.

Khan, who denies the charges against him, will no longer be a member of parliament, the Election Commission said, citing his conviction and three-year jail term on Saturday for concealing assets from selling government gifts during his time in office. The announcement came ahead of the expected dissolution of Parliament by the Pakistani government, which would pave the way for national elections, although there is uncertainty about when they will take place.

Khan, a former cricket star, has appealed his conviction in a high court in Islamabad, The Associated Press mentionedThe case is likely to be heard on Wednesday.

Imran Khan arrested after being sentenced to prison for corruption

Describing the Election Commission’s move to block him as “premature,” Syed Bukhari, Khan’s advisor, said, chirp The government is trying to exclude Khan from the political scene in Pakistan.

Al-Bukhari said the intention was to overwhelm him with “trivial” issues if and when new elections were held.

The rapid political developments highlight the continuing instability in Pakistan since Khan’s ouster in April last year, after he clashed with the country’s powerful military over appointments and criticism of its handling of economic issues.

But the defiant Khan continued to garner mass public support through large rallies. In November, Khan was shot in the foot during one of these rallies, and in recent months his aides and party members have resigned or been imprisoned under an intensifying crackdown.

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Khan said he is being attacked because of his popularity. In an interview with BBC The day before his arrest, he said that his party would win the elections. Because of that, they are dismantling our democracy.

He is not the first former prime minister to face such exclusion. in 2018, Nawaz Sharif He was banned from electoral politics for life after his conviction in the wake of a corruption scandal.