In an interview with Al Jazeera, the former prime minister said at least 85 cases have been filed against him.
Islamabad, Pakistan – Since his removal from power last year, former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has been slapped with dozens of charges, including some in which he faces arrest.
In an interview with Al Jazeera on Thursday, Khan said at least 85 cases have been filed against him across the country. “Every other day some sort of case comes up,” he said.
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The cases against the 70-year-old cricketer-turned-politician include charges of corruption, terrorism, contempt of courts, rioting and even blasphemy.
Here’s a lowdown on the main charges against Khan:
The immediate legal challenge Khan faces concerns the gifts he received from foreign countries when he served as prime minister between August 2018 and April 2022.
Prosecutors allege Khan sold those gifts and concealed his wealth in financial declarations submitted before the election commission.
On March 7, the High Court in Islamabad issued an arrest warrant against him in the case. The former premier evaded arrest and instead filed a petition in the same court requesting the cancellation of the warrant.
The court then asked Khan to appear before it on March 13. The opposition politician, who had been dodging court appearances citing threats to his life, did not show up.
A furious court then issued a non-bailable warrant against Khan, triggering violence in Lahore for two days as police, in their attempt to arrest him, clashed with hundreds of the politician’s supporters outside his home.
A trial court in Islamabad on Thursday rejected a petition by Khan to suspend the warrant for him to appear in court. The order increases the likelihood of another police attempt to arrest him.